Read thru the New Testament-May 3

Luke 23:27-38
Luke 23:27-31-Jesus sees those who are following Him and mourning and tells them to be prepared because worse days than these will yet come. If such an injustice as this can be done to Him, an innocent man…“green tree”…it will far worse in the days to come when Jerusalem is attacked…”dry”.
Luke 23:32-34-“There they crucified Him.” Those words seem so straightforward, so void, empty of emotion. The old police show “Dragnet” comes to mind when Sgt. Joe Friday would say, “The facts, all we want are the facts.” It is interesting that Luke, the physician, leaves out all of the brutality of the beatings that Jesus received…no crown of thorns, no beating on the head, no spear through the side. He seems intent on helping his friend Theophilus (see 1:1-3) to understand the purpose of the crucifixion and not get distracted by the process of the crucifixion. Perhaps we see this purpose in the fact that of the seven times that Jesus spoke while He was on the cross, Luke only records two of them…both dealing with the salvation of those that are present. First, Jesus prays for those who are crucifying Him, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” Second, He speaks to one of the thieves who was crucified along with Him. The man asks Jesus to remember him when He receives His kingdom. Jesus responds, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.” Amazing, even while He was on the cross, Jesus never lost focus of His purpose, His mission on earth…to save sinners, like me.
Luke 23:35-38-The religious rulers and the soldiers alike mocked Him. Their common theme was that if He was the Messiah…then He should save Himself. They failed to comprehend that because He is the Messiah…He came to save others…and if He saved Himself, He could not save them. Someone had to die in order to pay for sin…and Jesus chose to be the one.
Prayer: Father, please help me to have the heart, the compassion of Jesus. Even while they were crucifying Him, He asked for their forgiveness. Help me to truly love You, and trust in You in such a way…that I may love others as You do…even when they seek to harm me.

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