LHM Lenten Devotion – March 21, 2014 “Playground Stunts”


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By Reverend Wayne Palmer

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“Playground Stunts”

March 21, 2014

Lenten devo cover 2014Read Psalm 89:38-52.  TEXT: All who see me mock me; they make mouths at me; they wag their head (Psalm 22:7).

Yesterday we saw how the enemies gathered before Jesus’ cross acted like children around an injured worm. Today we see them doing another thing children do: they mock, make mouths at Him, and wag their heads. Note how closely this prophecy matches Matthew’s description: “And those who passed by derided Him, wagging their heads and saying, ‘You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself!'” (See Matthew 27:39-40).

None of us went through childhood without encountering mockery. You can hear that insulting, imitative voice as one child takes another’s words and turns it back against him. Most of us manage to outgrow it though. Maybe that’s why it’s so shocking to see the Jewish crowds turning Jesus’ own words against Him in mockery: “You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”

These Jews are making their way into Jerusalem to celebrate the Jewish Feast of Passover. But far from pitying Jesus or feeling any compassion for Him they make faces at the Lord, as they pass Him on their way to town. Like cruel children they mockingly imitate the uncontrollable grimaces covering His face as His body is racked with pain. They shoot out their lips in contempt, then open their mouths wide, staring at Him in shock and disgust. They wag their heads from side to side, doubting He is in His right mind when He claims to be God’s Son, the King of the Jews.

THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus Christ, You endured such childish mockery and cruelty to save us from our sin. Thank You for winning our full and free forgiveness. Amen.

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