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.”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
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.