December 10 Lord’s Day

Reproach hath broken My heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none. (Psalm 69:20)

They shake the head, saying, He trusted on the Lord that He would deliver Him: Let Him deliver Him. (Psalm 22:7-8)

Satan in all his hatred and energy was against Christ. At the Lord’s birth, Satan tried to have Him killed. At the beginning of His public ministry Satan tempted Him—if you are the Christ, then do this or that. This same attack continued when the Lord was on the cross. His enemies said “He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now, if He will have Him.” But the Lord maintained His confidence in God. The Lord was rejected by the religious leaders; the very ones who should have been the first to recognize and receive Him. But they were the very ones who plotted against and rejected Him. It was they who mocked, “He saved others; Himself He cannot save.” The people, the ones whom He had so wonderfully served, passed by wagging their heads and said, “You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself!” The government failed Him. Pilate, Herod, and the soldiers all mocked Him. The soldiers placed a crown of thorns on His head, bowed down before Him and said, “If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself.” Those dying with Him taunted Him, “If you are the Christ, save Yourself and us.” During His life He had nowhere to lay His head, but on the cross He didn’t even have a place on earth for His feet, they were nailed to the cross, lifted up off of the earth. Man did not want Him. But more than all of these, God forsook Him there, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” But in it all, the Lord Jesus maintained His trust and confidence in God. May we be encouraged trusting in God, even when others leave us or disappoint us—for God is there with us.

Albert Blok