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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

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Words fail us as we come to the scenes portrayed in this chapter.  We see Jesus, heaven’s Purest and Best:  Rejected!  What must it have been like for Him?

“The whole multitude of them arose, and led Him unto Pilate” (verse 1).  In satanic unity, religious leaders, scholars, and the rabble rush Jesus to the Roman governor.  Jesus’ murder is their desire.

But Pilate finds no fault in Jesus (verses 4, 14, 22).  Still, choosing to please people, he gives the multitude their desire and condemns the Innocent One.  All seems lost.  But wait.  Someone speaks truth and finds a Savior.  It’s one thief speaking to the other: “We receive the due reward of our deeds: but this Man hath done nothing amiss” (verse 41). What a sermon!  He places the blame where it belongs. 

Wait!  I needed to look at Him again.  So I looked, and I saw Him suspended between earth and heaven, hanging from a wooden cross.  His face was covered with wounds and looked almost beyond recognition.  All else was lost to me but His face, His look of love, His deep hurt. Tears sprang from my eyes and ran down my cheeks, I sobbed.  In that moment, I saw His heart, I saw His love and was overwhelmed.  Why hadn’t I seen Him so deeply before?  Why had I failed Him so?

I never looked at Him so intently before.  I neglected Him.  Yes, I broke His heart, I caused His pain, and yet He loved me enough to die the worst of deaths, and alone.

“Jesus, I’m so sorry!” I wept.  “Please take me and save me with Your love.”  Life is a continual coming back to Jesus, the One who really cares.  Let’s come to Him again.

Lynn Carpenter
Missionary Nurse (retired)