“Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, ‘So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, come down from the cross and save yourself!’” (Mark 15:29-30).

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“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). This post may seem more fitting for Easter at first, but I think it’s especially appropriate this Advent season 2020.

“Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, ‘So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, come down from the cross and save yourself!’” (Mark 15:29-30). Christians disagree about many things, but one thing that Christians seem to universally agree on is that it was our sin that put Christ on the cross; thus, each one of us may as well have picked up a hammer and drove a nail into Jesus ourselves. And then I got to wondering; based on my own behavior at times, what insults might I have hurled at Jesus that day. Maybe I would have yelled at our Lord to strike back; remind Him that He didn’t start this fight, but He ought to finish it; implored that He deserves to be happy; I would have probably even accused Him of being a doormat; that one stings the most. Maybe I would have even tried to convince Jesus that He could have made a greater impact as a king, a president, or a CEO. So, yes, translate actions into words, and I sound an awful lot like Satan when he tempted Jesus in the desert, and worse yet, that’s what the world has probably too often seen in my witness; that’s not an easy confession for me, and I suspect wouldn’t be for any of you who relate. But let us rejoice together, because if we confess our sins, God is faithful and righteous to forgive and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

Thank God for His patience that is intended to lead us to repentance (Romans 2:4). Thank God that He works inside His children to will and act according to His good purpose (Philippians 2:13). God forbid anyone seeks to abuse His kindness and forbearance (Romans 3:8).

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