Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Taunted and mocked

May 3

Daily Bible Reading: Luke 23:27 – 38

Verse of the Day: Luke 23:35 – “And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also scoffed at him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if this is the Christ of God, his chosen.”

In ignorance of God’s Grand Plan, even the religious rulers of the Jews taunted Jesus as He was dying on the Cross. They mocked Him by saying that He saved others (He would forgive sins as He healed and restored people), so they challenged Him to come down from the Cross. They equated the power of saving Himself with the power to save others. Yet, in God’s Grand Plan, His willingly sacrificing Himself actually provided the power to save others.

If Jesus accepted the challenge and came off the Cross (and He had the power to do that) we would be the losers. If He saved Himself, we would all be lost and without any hope for eternity. Forgiveness and restoration comes only by His death. No other way.

Prayer: Jesus, thank You that You did not come down from the Cross, but fulfilled the requirement to bring me back to the Father. 

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