What will you do?
And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified. Matthew:27:31
All of the people in Israel knew who Jesus was when He walked in this world. Everyone knew He did miracles and was a teacher with a good message. Of course, there were many who were jealous of Him. Namely the religious leaders of the day. They were afraid that Jesus would become more popular and also that He would turn the Hebrew people away from the synagogue. They didn’t want to lose their fame or funding. They all knew who Jesus was and some of them even spent time in His presence, but only to look for excuses to shut Him down.
In today’s reading, Jesus was handed over to the entire unit of Roman soldiers to be beaten and mocked. Here was a group of people who again knew who Jesus was but did not know Him personally. Some of them may have seen Him before that time and surly some of them were there when He was arrested. However, none of them knew Him personally or spend time getting to know His heart of love for people especially those who were hurting.
The point is, this is still happening today. Most people in our country have heard the name of Jesus and maybe even know that He was a person in history that was crucified. Most know that He is worshiped by Christians and even that He is the Savior of the world. Yet, many still mock Him and don’t see any need for Him in their lives personally.
Then there are those who love Him deeply. Those who spend time not only learning about Him, but also getting to know Him better each day personally by spending time talking with Him. Those who have turned to Him for help when they were going through a crisis and then begin to walk with Him daily to point their life away from destruction. Those who worship and honor Him because He is the One who paid the penalty for their sin and bridged the gap that was keeping them from the Father in heaven, and those who press into Him for strength and wisdom to help others who are going through struggles. To lead them to the truth of God’s love.
What about you? What are you doing with Jesus? Are you a mocker like those in Jesus’ day who saw His good works, but ridiculed His ways? Are you among those who believe they have no need for Jesus to be in their life? Maybe you just haven’t considered that He can see the whole picture and wants to lead you in the path of fulfillment and peace? If you are, it is time to change your direction and turn toward Him.
Today I want to encourage you to consider what type of relationship you have with Him. Is He Lord and Savior over your life? Is He your best Friend that goes with you everywhere every day? Or is He someone you have heard of but never stepped into that intimate relationship of love that He want to walk in with you? Decide today to accept Jesus into your life as the One who rescues you from the darkness of the world. Walk in the light of His love and His wisdom. Step away from the mockers of the world and make the decision to step into His arms of love. Start the conversation today by praying this short prayer and keep that conversation going until you finish your course in this life.
Pray: God in heaven, I know I’m a sinner and I need a Savior. I want to turn away from my sinful life to the life You have planned for me. Please forgive my sins, cleanse me from my past, and make me new. I know Your Son, Jesus died for me. I believe in my heart that You raised Him from the dead. At this very moment, I accept, confess, and proclaim Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior . . . to be Lord of my life from this day forward. I now have a right relationship with God my Father through this salvation in Jesus. I thank You for giving me Your Holy Spirit to guide me and to empower me to do the things that You have planned for my life in Jesus’ name, Amen
Today’s scripture reading; Matthew 27:27-44
27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole garrison around Him.
28 And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him.
29 When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
30 Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head.
31 And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified.
32 Now as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. Him they compelled to bear His cross.
33 And when they had come to a place called Golgotha, that is to say, Place of a Skull,
34 they gave Him sour wine mingled with gall to drink. But when He had tasted it, He would not drink.
35 Then they crucified Him, and divided His garments, casting lots, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet: “They divided My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.”
36 Sitting down, they kept watch over Him there.
37 And they put up over His head the accusation written against Him: THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
38 Then two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and another on the left.
39 And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads
40 and saying, “You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”
41 Likewise the chief priests also, mocking with the scribes and elders, said,
42 “He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him.
43 He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now if He will have Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’ ”
44 Even the robbers who were crucified with Him reviled Him with the same thing.