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We have a new key ring around here, if you know what I mean...... • • “Yes, I truly have reason to bless the Lord for abundant supplies; His treasury has been wide open to me, His riches have constantly outweighed my necessities. He has multiplied His mercies above all my desires.” -Susannah Spurgeon
“I am afflicted and in pain; let Your salvation, O God, set me on high! I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify Him with thanksgiving. This will please the Lord more than an ox or a bull with horns and hoofs. When the humble see it they will be glad; you who seek God, let your hearts revive. For the Lord hears the needy and does not despise His own people who are prisoners.“ -Psalm 69:29-33 That last verse holds more weight for me than it ever has. But, more than that, as I read this passage this morning, I realized how appropriate and applicable it is for the current landscape of our national state of emergency and the worldwide pandemic called the coronavirus. So many words have been spilled on this topic and I don’t presume to add any additional wisdom to those of medical professionals, trusted church leaders, or those with greater insight than I into what is going on. I don’t know any of that. What I do know is that which I am compelled (and commanded) to say. So here I stand (sit), joining my voice with thousands of others by proclaiming what we pray and believe is more pleasing to the Lord than a sacrifice of ox or bulls, and that is this: God has not left the throne. He has not and will not ever abdicate. He faithfully remains in sovereign control over every molecule in this universe. Therefore, we have every reason to praise our God with a song and magnify Him with thanksgiving. We should let our hearts revive by commanding them to bless the Lord and forget not all His benefits (Psalm 103) because He hears the needy (spoiler: that’s us all the time, not just in a global crisis). He does not despise his people who are prisoners—whether imprisoned in a jail cell or in isolation or by physical ailments wracking their body. He does not despise His own people. Period. End of story. Christ’s blood is too precious for God to waste by despising those purchased and covered by it. Therefore: “Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and everything that moves in them.” -Psalm 69:34 No caveats. No conditions. He is worthy.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 74 – Mocking Jesus

My pride would like to tell you I’ve never before mocked Jesus. Me?! Mock the Savior of the world? Ha. I (arrogantly) scoff at such a statement. 

But this morning as I read Matthew 27, I wept for that very reason.

I don’t know if I’ve ever seen the crucifixion as brutal as it was this morning, and yet I know it had to have been so much worse than the images my mind can imagine. But what got me the most was not the physical paint but the mocking from the men in the crowd to the sinless One.

Listen to their snarky words and their jeers. Hear them sarcastically shout “prove yourself” in derisive tones reserved for animals and the laughs that surely accompanied it.

“Those who passed by derided Him, wagging their heads and saying,“You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked Him, saying, “He saved others; He cannot save Himself. He is the King of Israel; let Him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in Him. He trusts in God; let God deliver Him now, if He desires Him. For He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”” (Matthew 27:39-43)

I saw myself in the crowd mocking Him, yelling for Him to come down from the cross and promising to believe in Him if He would do so. But then I stopped speaking and just looked at Him.

I saw the way He held His composure, which angered the mockers even more. Their words became more hostile.

Then, as I watched His face, His eyes flickered up and met mine and a faint smile was sent my way.

Never have I seen so much compassion and pity in one look.

And then I realized it. He was dying for the very ones who were hurling ridicule at Him.

“He saved others, He cannot save Himself,” was shouted again from the crowd.

I can almost imagine Jesus hearing those words and thinking to Himself, “If only you knew that saving people is the reason I cannot save Myself.”

In that look He flashed to me, I was brought to my knees and rocked to my core. I wept. He didn’t revile back, He didn’t curse us who mocked Him, He didn’t even defend Himself.

He just had pity.

He died so those who mocked Him might have life.

He died so those blinded by morality and superiority might be saved from their “good” deeds.

He died so we may be reconciled to God the Father who abandoned His perfect Son to accept us.

He endured the mocking, the pain of crucifixion and the excruciating weight of sin in His innocent self so that we may be justified.

Three days later God proved to the world that His Son was who He claimed to be.

And the empty tomb still declares it.

Mockers can be saved.
Sinners can be forgiven.
Dead people can be made alive.

Because the sinless Savior died, my sinful soul is counted free //
For God the just is satisfied to look on Him and pardon me.

2 comments on “Monday Morning Munch No. 74 – Mocking Jesus

  1. This is perfect. I love it so. I think this is my favorite “munch” I’ve ever read!! Praise the LORD for the mind and pen He has given you!!!

    1. Betty! I love you! So thankful for you!

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