What Jesus Did! 'Right Titles, Wrong Hearts' — Luke 23:35-39

Monday, December 21, 2015

The people stood there watching {Jesus}. The Jewish leaders laughed at Jesus. They said, "If he is God's Chosen One, the Christ, then let him save himself. He saved other people, didn't he?" Even the soldiers laughed at Jesus and teased him. They came to Jesus and offered him some wine. The soldiers said, "If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself!" (At the top of the cross these words were written: "THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.") One of the criminals began to shout very bad things at Jesus: "Aren't you the Christ? Then save yourself! And save us too!"
— Luke 23:35-39 NLT
Illustration of Luke 23:35-39 NLT — "Aren't you the Christ? Then save yourself! And save us too!"

Key Thought

Isn't it amazing how the mocking crowd, the scoffing leaders, the cruel soldiers, and the sarcastic criminal on the cross nearby all call Jesus the right thing, but they don't put their faith in him? Yes, God can even have the Devil himself confess the truth about Christ, but it takes a seeking heart to believe, follow, and be saved. The truth is there if your heart is seeking. Jesus is the one who saves, he is God's Chosen One, he is the Messiah, and he is King of the Jews. The real question is not his identity, but whether or not he is your Lord and mine!

Today's Prayer

Father in heaven, I believe that Jesus Christ is Lord. I trust that he died for my sins. I believe that he could have come down off the Cross but instead chose to suffer death for me and then was raised to life for my salvation. In Jesus, I put my trust. Thank you in Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Philippians 2:5-11
  • Romans 4:23-25
  • Philippians 1:18-22


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.