devotional post # 2078
Luk 23:32 Two others, who were criminals, were being led out to be put to death with him.
Luk 23:33 And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left.
Luk 23:34 And Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them, because they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots to divvy up his garments.
Luk 23:35 And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers ridiculed him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ from God, his Chosen One!”
Luk 23:36 The soldiers also ridiculed him, coming up and offering him sour wine
Luk 23:37 and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!”
Luk 23:38 There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.”
strength to face ridicule
As I once again read these words which describe the Savior’s crucifixion, I hear two groups challenging Jesus to save himself. One is the rulers among the Jews who ridicule him with the challenge. They think Jesus was a phony, and expect him to be unable to save himself.
The other group is the soldiers, whose challenge sounds similar, but it appears to be actually a challenge to incite a powerful army that could overthrow them. They also expected Jesus to be unable to do what they suggest.
Jesus ignores both challenges, not because he was unable, but because his death would bring the forgiveness he prayed for.
Thank you LORD, for being strong enough to ignore the challenges to display your strength.