Let the Christ, the King of Israel, descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Even those who were crucified with Him reviled Him. Mark 15:32
In today’s portion of scripture, there are many people who are all on their own agenda. It starts our with Simon of Cyrene, who was just passing by when all the commotion of Jesus’ crucifixion was going on. He was compelled to pick up Jesus’ cross and carry it for Jesus. That was not what Simon was there to do, but he did the work God had planned for him that day.
Then there were roman soldiers. They were there to crucify Jesus and the thieves with Him. It was obvious that they were looking out for themselves because they were gambling for their own advantage. They were there for their jobs, but they didn’t know they were doing God’s work.
The thieves got there because of what their focus was, to steal from others for their on benefit and the bystanders where there because they wanted to condemn Him. They looked at Him with shame, probably not even knowing what His crime was.
Then there were the priest, who jeered and mocked Him. Trying to spur Him to action, but probably felt pretty safe that He would hang where He was. He hadn’t put up a fight up to this point, still they goaded Him to come down from the cross and save Himself. They had no idea they were instrumental in fulfilling the plan of God.
They were all brought together to complete Jesus’ mission and accomplish the Father’s purpose. God was working all those things and all those people together for something good and amazing for those who love Him and are called to His purpose. Jesus was not there for His benefit. His heart was to please His Father and to complete down to the last detail what He was sent to do. He had no concern for His own safety and well-being. He said “Father, forgive them. They don’t even know what they are doing. He surrendered His will and even saved one of the thieves that hung next to Him and when the priests incited Him that day, all He could knew was that He was taking care of His Father’s business.
It’s the same with us today. For the most part people all over the world have one priority, that is pleasing themselves. Generally speaking, we all live each day seemingly on our own agenda, but have no doubt, God’s plan is happening. Even with the evils being done in the world today, God is working all things together for the good of those who love Him. There was no victory for the priest the day Jesus died. This glory was the Father’s in making a way to rescue the people that were lost to His enemy.
Today I want to encourage you to surrender your plans and schedule to your Father in heaven that loves you. Get on board with the plan and purpose He has for your life. Don’t leave it up to chance and circumstance that you will be at the right place at the right time. Submit and follow His divine direction so that you are actively in the place of your purpose. Don’t miss out on the supernatural joy of working together with your heavenly Father. His plan will be accomplished with or without you, but wouldn’t you like to share in the part He has designed you to achieve? That is where your joy will be and that is where your success comes from.
Today’s scripture reading: Mark 15:21-32
21 Then they compelled a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, the father of Alexander and Rufus, as he was coming out of the country and passing by, to bear His cross.
22 And they brought Him to the place Golgotha, which is translated, Place of a Skull.
23 Then they gave Him wine mingled with myrrh to drink, but He did not take it.
24 And when they crucified Him, they divided His garments, casting lots for them to determine what every man should take.
25 Now it was the third hour, and they crucified Him.
26 And the inscription of His accusation was written above:
27 With Him they also crucified two robbers, one on His right and the other on His left.
28 So the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And He was numbered with the transgressors.”
29 And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads and saying, “Aha! You who destroy the temple and build it in three days,
30 save Yourself, and come down from the cross!”
31 Likewise the chief priests also, mocking among themselves with the scribes, said, “He saved others; Himself He cannot save.
32 Let the Christ, the King of Israel, descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Even those who were crucified with Him reviled Him.