Today’s word for April 5, 2011

But I am a worm and not a man,
scorned by everyone, despised by the people.
All who see me mock me;
they hurl insults, shaking their heads.
“He trusts in the LORD,” they say,
“let the LORD rescue him.
Let him deliver him,
since he delights in him.”
Psalms 22:6-8

I can only imagine the smile of satisfaction that should have been drawn in the face of Satan when Pilate gave in to pressure from the Jewish leaders and decided to deliver Jesus to be crucified. Demons must have jumped for joy ─ if demons can know and feel what joy is ─ when the Hope of Israel and of all humanity was being treated as common criminal and his life was quickly coming to a violent and sad end. The same One who, mounted in a humble donkey, as he descended the slope of the Mount of Olives to enter Jerusalem, was popularly acclaimed as a descendant of King David, King of Israel, Blessed King and Savior not too long ago, now was becoming the object of ridicule and scorn of an angry crowd that just did not understand what they were doing and acted more under the instigation of their sclerotic religious leaders than from conviction. Mockery and contempt are tools of Satan to tear his victims emotionally. We, as children of God, are not exempt of being exposed to this degrading experience as our Lord Jesus said, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.”

However, Jesus also said: “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Let us press ahead with joy and gladness toward the goal and destiny of our souls, which is to be in the loving arms of our Lord and God Jesus Christ. To God alone be the glory!


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