Friday, July 24th
Mark 15: 21-32 (NIV)
The Crucifixion of Jesus
21 A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross. 22 They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”). 23 Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. 24 And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get. 25 It was nine in the morning when they crucified him. 26 The written notice of the charge against him read: the king of the jews. 27 They crucified two rebels with him, one on his right and one on his left. 29 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, 30 come down from the cross and save yourself!” 31 In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! 32 Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him.
People will say anything in the midst of a mob. They did that day. The speaking of the temple, the mocking “he saved others, but himself he cannot save,” “come down from the cross, that we may see and believe.” He did come down and was risen and one might hope that some of them believed but we are not told. I had a woman tell me one time that if church were any other day but Sunday, she would come. We will say anything for an excuse. The people did that day long ago when they crucified our Lord.
Lord, help us to guard our tongues. We often say words that we wish we could pull back into our mouth if we could. May we not be marked by meanness and contempt as were the people that day. Help us to know the joy that is ours in being in Christ. For we ask this in his name. Amen.