As they went out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. They compelled this man to carry his cross. 33 And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), 34 they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall, but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. 35 And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots. 36 Then they sat down and kept watch over him there. 37 And over his head they put the charge against him, which read, "This is Jesus, the King of the Jews." 38 Then two robbers were crucified with him, one on the right and one on the left. 39 And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads 40 and saying, "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." 41 So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, 42 "He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is 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 deliver him now, if he desires him. For he said, 'I am the Son of God.'" 44 And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way.
Jesus' service to God and man was totally misunderstood by people. Out of love for His Father, He went to the cross to pay the penalty for the sins of mankind to save people from eternal torment in the Lake of Fire (John 14:31; Romans 3:23; 5:8; 6:23; 1 Peter 3:18; Revelation 21:8). Jesus was derided, mocked and reviled while He hung on the cross. Doing God's will can be very painful physically and mentally. Doing God's will can leave us very alone and hurting.
The Apostle Paul followed Jesus' example by the power of the Holy Spirit and wrote to the Christians in Corinth the following testimony: 2 Corinthians 6:3,4,8, "We put no obstacle in anyone's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, 4 but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way...8 through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true..."
We need to imitate Jesus as Paul did. As we serve the Lord Jesus we will undeservedly live through some very painful, lonely times. At these times we need to remember that the best is yet to come (Proverbs 4:18).
Jesus was crucified but He was resurrected and He saw and is seeing many people delivered from the penalty and power of sin and from the power of Satan (Romans 5:10; 6:6-7; Hebrews 2:14-15). We, too, will be resurrected and one day see the fruit that remains, that is, people delivered from sin and Satan for an eternity, because we were willing to lose our life for Jesus' sake (John 15:16; Matthew 16:25). God will bring us through those very painful and lonely times we go through as we serve Him (1 Peter 5:10).
You are loved with the greatest love, a love that never fails! (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
Now go... Love with the love of Jesus even if your love is misunderstood.
Three key questions to ask as we prayerfully read the scriptures:
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