This is the love, humility, and the Mind of Christ brought to its ultimate conclusion. As Christians we are to aspire to the same standard, even to the death. Some will not accept any of this, but remember Christians, it’s more than likely that millions of saints have gone on to this before you.
“Now the chief priests and all the council sought testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, but found none. For many bore false witness against Him, but their testimonies did not agree. Then some rose up and bore false witness against Him, saying, “We heard Him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.’ ” But not even then did their testimony agree. And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, saying, “Do You answer nothing? What is it these men testify against You?” But He kept silent and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked Him, saying to Him, “Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” Jesus said, “I am. And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “What further need do we have of witnesses? You have heard the blasphemy! What do you think?” And they all condemned Him to be deserving of death. Then some began to spit on Him, and to blindfold Him, and to beat Him, and to say to Him, “Prophesy!” And the officers struck Him with the palms of their hands.”
Mark 14:55-65 NKJV
“Immediately, in the morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council; and they bound Jesus, led Him away, and delivered Him to Pilate.”
Mark 15:1 NKJV
Pilate was troubled by this so called trial of Jesus. When he heard Jesus was a Galilean, he made Him march to Herod who happened to be in Jerusalem at the time.
Jesus never spoke a word while being investigated by Herod,
“Then Herod, with his men of war, treated Him with contempt and mocked Him, arrayed Him in a gorgeous robe, and sent Him back to Pilate.”
Luke 23:11 NKJV
“So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him. And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe. Then they said, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they struck Him with their hands.”
John 19:1-3 NKJV
“When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head. And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified.”
Matthew 27:29-31 NKJV
Not one of the four gospels record His beard being torn out, nevertheless it is prophesied by Isaiah:
“I gave My back to those who struck Me, And My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting.”
Isaiah 50:6 NKJV
Again, Isaiah says His face and even His entire form was so ravaged that He practically didn’t have the face and form of a man anymore:
“Just as many were astonished at you, So His visage was marred more than any man, And His form more than the sons of men;”
Isaiah 52:14 NKJV
He had been lied about, mistreated, humiliated, and treated with shame and contempt, and beaten beyond reason, yet Peter, a witness to all this confirms a prophesy spoken by Isaiah:
“To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”
1 Peter 2:21-25 NIV
“He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth.”
Isaiah 53:7 NKJV
Paul says “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,”
Philippians 2:3-5 NKJV
Let’s consider the Mind of Christ and the words and deeds of Jesus after this while on the way to Calvary and during the crucifixion itself. Jesus was so weakened by all the torture and abuse that Simon the Cyrenian was compelled to carry His cross for Him, after this:
“And a great multitude of the people followed Him, and women who also mourned and lamented Him. But Jesus, turning to them, said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.
Luke 23:27-31 NKJV
Do not weep for Me. He is more concerned about these women and their posterity. Absolutely no thought of Himself! If anyone deserved some pity, it was Jesus during His Passion. He refused it, though. This is the Mind of Christ, dearly beloved!
“There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death. And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” And they divided His garments and cast lots. And the people stood looking on. But even the rulers with them sneered, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ, the chosen of God.””
Luke 23:32-35 NKJV
Here’s Jesus, praying for those even while they are crucifying Him! Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.
“Likewise the chief priests also, mocking with the scribes and elders, said, “He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him. He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now if He will have Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’ ”
Even the robbers who were crucified with Him reviled Him with the same thing.”
Matthew 27:41-44 NKJV
Even the criminals are reviling Him, yet in the end, one of the criminals speaks to Jesus and asks:
“Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.””
Luke 23:42-43 NKJV
Here’s Jesus, practicing what He taught His disciples! Humbly showing grace and truth even while on the cross! “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven;
Matthew 5:44-45 NKJV
In Luke Chp 2, we see a prophet named Simeon. Luke says: “Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.””
Luke 2:34-35 NKJV
Here is Mary. Think of her heartache, sorrow, and grief. Her soul has been pierced as with a sword. Here’s Jesus again, no thought of Himself.
“Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.”
John 19:25-27 NKJV
All He’s thinking of there at the end is that Mary would have a strong young man that knows what she’s witnessed and understands what Simeon meant concerning her anguish of soul. He’s provided someone that will be tender towards her and serve as her primary caregiver for the remainder of her life.
This is the Mind of Christ, dearly beloved! He suffered all this torment, shame, contempt, humiliation, and worse yet, He was made sin and forsaken by his Father! Yet through it all, He completed His course and called it Finished without ever thinking if Himself. His thoughts were only about the redemption of mankind!
Do you see now what is the Mind of Christ? Friends, plead with God that He would work this same mindset in you. And let God be glorified and let Him be the all in all.