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Wagging Their Heads

March 29, 2018


Wagging Their Heads

A natural reaction  to disbelief and disgust  is a shaking  of the head — a wagging  of the head.     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 despising 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  that 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 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


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Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


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He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
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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


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
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Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


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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