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Day 16 - Jesus scorned
Prophesied in Scripture: I am an object of scorn to my accusers; when they see me, they shake their heads. Psalm 109:25
Fulfilled in Scripture: Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!” In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” In the same way the rebels who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him. Matthew 27:39-44
Jesus was verbally abused by the two thieves on either side of him, religious leaders, and crowds present. But these were exactly the people he came to save. In fact, one of the thieves noticed Jesus' demeanor and later realized his mistake. He afterwards defends Jesus against the taunts of the other thief, and then asks Christ to remember him in heaven, even though he is a guilty man. To this humble petition, Jesus grants him his request. Words can be so very hurtful, but they can also be life-giving. And in this case, Christ also demonstrated that silence is a powerful witness. Regardless, thank you God for Christ's mercy, his example, and his fight through cutting words and death itself to bring us to Paradise. Let's use our words (and silences!) to honor him.
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