2000-06-05 - He Was Sneered and Mocked
The Prophecy Fulfilled Series: Part 16
Psalm 22:7 All who see me sneer at me; they separate with the lip, they wag the head, saying, "Commit yourself to the Lord; let Him deliver Him; let Him rescue Him, because He delights in Him."
Luke 23:35 And the people stood by, looking on. And even the rulers were sneering at Him, saying, "He saved others; let Him save Himself if this is the Christ of God, His Chosen One."
The picture of Christ on the cross, bearing our sins and having the added shame of being sneered at, is a sad picture. Usually, when someone is picked on, mocked, or made a laughing stock there is some minor flaw that the people use to exaggerate and over-emphasize to make a person feel of less worth than they really are. This is always sad, but in the case of the Lord Jesus Christ there was no flaw, there was only perfection and yet that is what was chosen to be mocked. He did not open His mouth.
Such was the infinite love of Christ toward us. The nature of love is that it delights in the object that is loved. It is not simply the concept of being nice to someone or giving a gift to someone. These can both be done without love. However, the love of Christ was personal. It is individual people that Christ loved. It is so common to hear talk today about the "general" love of Christ. But this is imprecise. The love of Christ was upon particular persons, namely, His children. With confidence the Christian can say that when Christ was mocked, and when He made atonement for sin, He did so for our sins particularly and with a love that had our salvation in view. This is a great comfort.
The love of Christ is also a great mystery. We are not lovely. Our sin and our propensity to sin makes us offensive to a holy God. It is then a great mystery why Christ would love us, and us particularly. This also makes Christ's love great and immeasurable. It was a love so great that He lay down His life to secure the redemption of those He loved.
What then should run through our minds when we think of the love of Christ?
What should we feel when we think that Christ was mocked and sneered at,
and that He willingly gave up His life for our salvation?
Soli Deo Gloria,