April 19, 2019
“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!” 41 In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. 42 “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. 43 He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”“
We each face different levels of adversity and pressure in life. Rod Thom shares some of his last 6 months journey, then looks closely at the encouragement he gained from this passage of scripture.
Each character responds to the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus in different ways, yet in this gruesome and difficult passage there is hope. Hope that is realised in Hebrews 4: 14-16, reminding us that through Jesus we can approach God’s throne of Grace:
14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
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