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Slaps in the Face

April 15, 2014

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Slaps  in the Face

How well we know  that a  “slap  in the face”  is an expression  of total insult  to put down  a person  —  to defy  and defiantly abuse them  with the utmost disdain.     And,  as ignorant  as the soldiers were  of all  the Jewish Scriptures  and the promises  of a Savior,  that is exactly  how they  treated Jesus  in John 19:2-3,

And the soldiers  wove a crown  of thorns  and put it  on His head,  and arrayed Him  in a purple robe;  and they began  to come up  to Him,  and say,  “Hail,  King  of the Jews!”  and  to give Him slaps  in the face.

Those soldiers insulted  what they were totally ignorant of.      Is that  how we are?      Matthew 26:67  records,

Then  they spat  in His face,  and beat Him  with their fists;  and others slapped Him…….

Mark 14:65 says,

And some began  to spit  at Him,  and  to blindfold Him,  and  to beat Him  with their fists,  and to say  to Him,  ” Prophesy!”      And the officers  received Him  with slaps  in the face.

In what ways  do people  of today  give the Lord Jesus Christ  “slaps  in the face”?     Isn’t it with  our day-to-day treatment  of Jesus  in our personal lives?     Maybe it’s how  in absolute,  obstinate defiance  we live  in the sins  we love.     Maybe it’s  in how  we mock Jesus  in public  — just because we want  to be  in the  “in crowd”.       Some will mock Jesus  with their foul use  of His holy name  —  just because  it’s a habit  they’ve grown up with.

Whatever the case  —  it is wrong  —  it is  part  and parcel  with the  “slaps  in the face”  that the soldiers  gave Jesus.     We cannot  separate  our actions  of today  with what  is essentially  a very real part  of the soldiers intent.     Maybe we are  just as ignorant  as they were.

But,  it’s about time  that we become  “in the know“.     It’s time  to learn  that Jesus  truly is God  in the flesh  —  come  to save us  decrepit sinners  from  our sins.

May  we know  His life  —  and His reality  as LORD  and God  —  in our personal lives,  so that we may  truly praise  and worship Him  as everyone ought.

Then,  as honest,  praise-filled children  of God,  may we say  in all truth,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for coming  in all humility  to bear  our sins,  that we might  know You  in true humility,  as our LORD  and King  —  and live like it.”

 

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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