THE STORY OF JESUS: Matthew 27:38-44
“In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him.” (Matthew 27:41)
Matthew shows how religious leaders are no better than the rebels, mocking “in the same way” (v.44).
They belittle His faith in God, but they only reveal their own bankrupt faith.
Does my faith in God and Jesus change the way I treat others?
Do I look down on some people “in the same way”?
Jesus does not treat people “in the same way” as the world.
He offered love and not scorn, He blessed those who cursed Him.
From sexual sinners to traitors, from Roman occupiers to spiritual heretics.
From the rebels to Romans and the self-righteous, He pleaded for forgiveness, not revenge.
Our world does not treat the ‘other’ very well… how do I treat them?
I sense the Lord challenging to consider how I think or speak about ‘others’.
How do I think or speak about native Americans, about south Asians, about homosexuals?
About single parents, about Mormons, about Muslims, about Jews, about politicians?
About lawyers, about environmentalists, about rednecks, about Americans, about Republicans…
May my “in the same way” refer to Jesus’ love, and not to the worlds cruelty!
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, You chose to identify with us in our guilt and shame, not to judge us… and certainly not to mock is. Help me to love in the same way!