“Jesus Bears Contempt” (Matt 27:39-44)
Every one of them who surrounded Jesus on the cross mocked him. Roman soldiers, the people passing-by, religious leaders and even robbers, they all mocked Jesus. But he didn’t turn his face away from them, nor did he talk back. He just received all their mockery silently.
God will not just be mocked. He calls us to repent – or face His cruelest mockery.
All the contempt that should be directed against us because of our sins, God left upon His glorious Son, Jesus.
"He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed." (1 Peter 2:24)
For Lifenet groups and personal reflection:
1) Read Matt 27:39-44. People who surrounded Jesus on the cross mocked him. Who were they? What thought might they have when they saw Jesus on the cross?
2) It is said that contempt appears in three faces in daily interactions: all gossip, most boasting, and all blame shifting. What may drive us to say or think like that? What would be its consequences?
3) God mocks (Ps 37:12-13). Whom and why does He mock? (Ps 2:3-5)
4) Jesus bears contempt. What does it mean for you today? How would you respond to him now?
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