What Jesus Did! 'Ridiculed by Everyone!' — Mark 15:32

Wednesday, December 11, 2024

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[The religious leaders continued mocking Jesus, saying,] "Let this Messiah, this King of Israel, come down from the cross so we can see it and believe him!" Even the men who were crucified with Jesus ridiculed him.
— Mark 15:32 NLT

Key Thought

Jesus was ridiculed by everyone present during his Passion — the crowds cried "Crucify him!" before Pilate. The soldiers beat and mocked him. People who passed by him hanging on the cross hurled their insults at Jesus. The religious leaders mocked him. Even the criminals who were dying beside the Lord threw in their own ridicule his way. Jesus' own closest followers had betrayed, denied, and abandoned him. Our Savior faced the cruelty and the humiliation of the cross alone. He did it so that you and I can have the confidence that he will never abandon us — even if everyone we hold dear abandons us and those who hate us hurl insults at us. Jesus demonstrated that he would pay any price to love us and redeem us. What a friend! What a King! What a Savior!

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you for the assurance that I will never be alone, abandoned, or forgotten. No matter what others may do to me, I believe that you are never going to forsake me or leave me. Thank you! In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Hebrews 13:5-6
  • Romans 8:31-39
  • Psalm 23:4

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Illustration of Mark 15:32 NLT — "Let this Messiah, this King of Israel, come down from the cross so we can see it and believe him!"

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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