Truly This Was the Son of God! [Mark 27]
37And above His head they put up the charge against Him which read, "THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS."
38At that time two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and one on the left. 39And those passing by were hurling abuse at Him, wagging their heads 40and saying, "You who are going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross."
41In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking Him and saying,
42"He saved others; He cannot save Himself? He is the King of Israel; let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe in Him. 43"HE TRUSTS IN GOD; LET GOD RESCUE Him now, IF HE DELIGHTS IN HIM; for He said, 'I am the Son of God.'"
44The robbers who had been crucified with Him were also insulting Him with the same words.
45Now from the sixth hour darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour. 46About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "ELI, ELI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?" that is, "MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?"
47And some of those who were standing there, when they heard it, began saying, "This man is calling for Elijah." 48Immediately one of them ran, and taking a sponge, he filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and gave Him a drink. 49But the rest of them said, "Let us see whether Elijah will come to save Him."
50And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. 51And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split. 52The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; 53and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many.
54Now the centurion, and those who were with him keeping guard over Jesus, when they saw the earthquake and the things that were happening, became very frightened and said, "Truly this was the Son of God!"
As I am pondering the things the mockers said to Jesus, I see myself among their ranks. Haven't I said some of those same words in my mind? "If God is really God, why didn't He ______________? (Save this person from suffering? Stop the man who blocked my husband's promotion? Kept this child from doing that deed?) But today I am seeing that the answer to all my questions is the same as the answer to the mockers questions. Why didn't God save His Son from dying on the cross? His love for me. He was willing to suffer and die so that I may have life with Him. He loves me so much that He was willing to endure the greatest suffering ever suffered in all history - to die not having done any wrong thus not deserving one ounce of suffering or death.
May I today receive God's answer to my questions. He truly is the Son of God whose great love for me sent Him to the cross. Everything He does or allows is for the purpose of wooing me into that great love.
Verna McCrillis, 1/31/2009