Friday, April 22, 2011
Good Friday, LENT DAY 39: MOCK
On Good Friday, as Jesus was hanging upon the cross, the mockers milling around at the base of the cross yelled up at him, “If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross and we will believe you.”
Where have we heard these words before? Who was speaking through those who mocked Jesus on Good Friday? The words of those who were mocking Jesus on Good Friday sound eerily similar to the words that Satan used in the desert ("If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down...").
No doubt, Satan and his banished band laughed at the the foot of the cross. Their glee can be heard, even now 2000+ years later through the voices of the people who they animated with their vitriole.
The mocking must have been unbearable to hear, both for Our Lord and for the small band of onlookers that were His friends and family. They did not have the advantage that we have- the advantage of hindsight.
Neither those who were spouting vitriole, nor Jesus' faithful handful, knew how the story was going to unfold...But Jesus knew...
Darkness enveloped the world that day. I do not believe we can fully grasp the despair that must have been felt...
Perhaps a Still Small Voice spoke to the hearts of those faithful onlookers in order to steel their faith and said:
It’s Friday- But Sunday’s Coming!
Perhaps they began to understand at a core level Jesus' teaching about the "Sign of Jonah"...We do not know for sure.
On this Good Friday, let us remember the mocking that Jesus bore...
Let it be a reminder to us when we are assaulted and mocked by our Enemy and his minions... although we may not know the outcome, Jesus knows...
Let us know, as truly as we can know any truth...
Even on Our Darkest Day- We Know The Light!
Here is a Campolo Classic for you today…
Lift Up Your Heads, Rejoice!
May Your Day Be Filled With The AWE of It All!
For God DID NOT send His Son into
the world to condemn the world,
but that the world, through Him,
might be saved.