Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Welcome to Day 331 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Psalm 125:1, “Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. 2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people both now and forevermore.”
Matthew 26:10, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 11 The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me.”
33 “Peter replied, ‘Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.'”
41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
67 “Then they spit in his face and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him 68 and said,
‘Prophesy to us, Messiah. Who hit you?'”
Matthew 27:22, “‘What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?’ Pilate asked. They all answered,
It’s hard to imagine how Jesus was treated…
I was fully prepared to talk about the poor… about the woman’s expensive offering. How the people responded to her act of worship and generosity. (I came across an interesting harmony study of all four accounts of Jesus being anointed… Worth looking at. CLICK HERE to check it out.)
But I can’t ignore the power of the images within the text of Jesus being mocked…
“Then they spit in his face and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him 68 and said, ‘Prophesy to us, Messiah. Who hit you?'”
… thereby fulfilling Isaiah’s prophecy, “I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting. (50:6.)
I don’t recall every having someone spit in my face. You see it a lot in movies… I did get slapped once (or twice…) when I was younger, but not in a mocking manner.
As I read that verse, I had an overwhelming feeling… a sense of what it must have been like for Jesus. The humiliation… the torment… culminating with a crown of thorns and a purple robe being placed upon him as they mockingly hailed him as “King of the Jews.”
I know Christmas is just around the corner… this is the Easter story… But these stories are not separate. Jesus’ birth and death are both critical pieces of the puzzle.
Raised from the dead.
Let’s keep in mind through this holiday season why Jesus was born. Why he came. His purpose was to show us the Father. (John 14:8-11.)
And to die for our sins…
So that we could live.
“The angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.'” Luke 2:10-11
“For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.” Isaiah 9:6-7
Thank you Father that you sent your son to die for me…