He Trusts in God
Jesus, You stood for truth, and in the end You stood alone. I desire to be a true friend to God. Help me stand with You.
If you were there, who would you align with? Consider the cost.
As we read today's passage, it is difficult to take in just how horrendous the situation is. Jesus is entering into the most horrific agony known to humankind. The physical pain is just starting, although he has already been flogged within an inch of his life (26). The spiritual agony of separation from God is about to come...But for the first part of this passage it is the mockery from the soldiers (29-31), from the bystanders (39,40), from the chief priests (41-43), and from his fellow sufferers (44) that seems to take the main focus.
Mockery is a kind of verbal violence. Respectable people may hide the strength of their anger or hatred of something by mocking it. And here we see that Jesus is cruelly and universally mocked both by people who had status--whether in the military or the synagogue--and by the ordinary people standing around. The rejection of Christ could not be clearer.
We must decide if we are going to stand with Christ and experience the rejection he did or stand with those who reject him.
My King, You humbled Yourself to the lowest place. I will take up my cross and follow You. I love You.
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