All they that see Him laugh Him to scorn
they shoot out their lips and shake their heads.
The mocking and head shaking have never stopped to this day. In the media, in school yards, in academic corridors and the public square: disbelief and scorn over the kingdom of God come to earth. Derision is part of our daily diet, so things have not changed.
He could have defended himself but didn’t need to. He knew what the others refused to see and acknowledge, so forgave their ridicule. Scorn, laughter, spouting off and dismissal is met with grace and mercy.
It’s enough to leave us shaking our heads over the wonder of it all.