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Hurling Abuse

April 14, 2016

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Hurling Abuse

A natural reaction  to disbelief  and disgust  is “hurling abuse”  and shaking one’s head  —  “wagging their heads”.     When Jesus hung  on the cross  in seeming defeat,  many could only wag their heads  in disbelief  and disgust  as they sneered ugly comments  at Him.     Matthew 27:39 says,  “And those  who were passing by  were hurling abuse  at Him,  wagging their heads”,  and it then records some  of those abusive comments  to be:

“You  who destroy  the temple  and rebuild it  in three days,  save Yourself!     IF You are  the Son  of God,  come down  from the cross.”     (verse 40)

“He saved others;  He CANNOT  save Himself.     He is the King  of Israel;  let Him now  come down  from the cross,  and we shall believe  in Him.”     (verse 42)

“He trusts  in God;  let Him deliver Him now,  IF He takes pleasure  in Him;  for He said,  ‘I am  the Son  of God.'”     (verse 43)

Some people today say  the same kinds  of things  —  things that show  their disbelief  and disgust  with Jesus  as the Savior  of the world.     Maybe they have prayed  and prayed  for some worldly sort  of thing  and not received it  in the way they imagined  it should be.     Thinking their sort  of prayer deserves  to be answered,  they will angrily turn  to unbelief  and a rejection  of the Lord  when they don’t get what they want.

Others feel  that if Jesus really is a king,  He should be  on a throne  that is visible  to everybody right now  and stop all the fighting  that is going on,  all the disasters  that are happening,  all the cheating,  etc.,  etc.     So,  they refuse  to believe  that Jesus  is the Savior,  based on the conditions  around them.

Still others  are repulsed  at the notion  that they are considered sinners  by this Savior  who died  on a cross.     It makes them angry  to be told  that they are deserving  of eternal punishment.     They defiantly assert  that their self-righteousness  has got  to be good enough  for any sort of “god”  —  IF there is a god.

So,  what’s going on  with our heads?

We can think  about how all this was prophesied  in Psalm 22.     Details  of the crucifixion  were written  by King David  a thousand years beforehand.     All the head wagging  and sneering comments  were recorded  in prophecy.     That’s a wonder.

Our heads need  to be bowed  in humble repentance  and worship  of our King of kings.     He endured all this  so that our sins  could be washed away  in His blood.     No one deserves  such a great gift  of forgiveness  and salvation  —  but,  God’s love  offers it  to us anyway.     No matter  who we are,  God wants us  to accept  His love  as given  on the cross  —  realizing  that His love  for us  cost Him  His life.

There never has been  and never will be  a greater gift  of love.     Let this gift cleanse  and change  our lives.     Jesus is worth  living for.

Then,  raising our heads  to behold  the true King of kings,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You endured  so much suffering  for us.     Come conquer our whole lives,  that You may always abide  in us  and we may always abide  in You.”

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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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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