Matthew 27:32-66; Deuteronomy 7-8; Job 7
“Vah!” That great word is used in “The Seven Last Words,” a production that a church I attended in the past used to put on. Said the right way, it exudes the mockery, the hatred and the disgust of the crowd. At the crucifixion the crowd watched this man who would be Messiah and the hatred rose against Him in ways that you can’t even imagine. “Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads 40 and saying, ‘You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!’” (Matthew 27:39-40) Today when a death sentence is carried out protestors line the area, some cheering the death of the condemned, others protesting against the death penalty. Jesus had none of the vocal support. The crowd turned against Him. If they had been among those hailing Him as King a few days earlier, now they felt betrayed and joined in the mockery. The spirit of mockery was so bad that even those being crucified at the same time used their precious breath to hurl insults, although one later repented according to some versions. How easy it is to join a mob, especially an angry one. And so Jesus felt the sting of each insult hurled. It’s easy to sit back in retrospect of the Resurrection and 2000 years and self-righteously declare that we would not join a mob like that. Yet each time we deliberately do those things we know are wrong, it’s as if we are crying out “Vah!” to the God of the Universe; it’s as if we are crying out for the crucifixion of Jesus once again. The most amazing thing about this is not that we join the mob; it’s that God sees that, loves us, forgives us, and draws us back into a right relationship with Him.
Lord, I confess that if I had been at the site of the crucifixion, I would have probably joined the crowd mocking You. Even today, I turn against You and decide that I won’t follow Your ways. Please forgive me and restore my relationship with You not only today, but each and every time I do that.