MUSINGS – December 12, 2018
THAT WE MAY SEE AND BELIEVE
They took Jesus to Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”). They tried to give him wine mixed with a drug called myrrh, but he wouldn’t take it. Next they crucified him. Then they divided his clothes among themselves by throwing dice to see what each one would get. It was nine in the morning when they crucified him. There was a written notice of the accusation against him. It read, “The king of the Jews.” They crucified two criminals with him, one on his right and the other on his left. Those who passed by insulted him. They shook their heads and said, “What a joke! You were going to tear down God’s temple and build it again in three days. Come down from the cross, and save yourself!” The chief priests and the scribes made fun of him among themselves in the same way. They said, “He saved others, but he can’t save himself. Let the Messiah, the king of Israel, come down from the cross now so that we may see and believe.” Even those who were crucified with him were insulting him.
How ironic that the chief priests and scribes would say, “Let the Messiah, the king of Israel, come down from the cross now so that we may see and believe.” He had been a very public figure for around three years. They had heard his words and seen his power. That is exactly why they needed to be rid of him … his power was greater than their and his teaching more meaningful. Mockingly they said, show us just one more and we’ll believe.
How many wondrous signs are enough for your belief? After his resurrection Jesus appeared to many of his followers. Thomas was not present and wouldn’t believe the others when they told him what they had witnessed. Later Jesus appeared to Thomas and said, “You believe because you’ve seen me. Blessed are those who haven’t seen me but believe.” (John 20:29)
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