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

Sunday, December 11, 2016

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[The religious leaders said:] "If he is really the Christ, the king of Israel (the Jews), then he should save himself by coming down from the cross now. We will see this, and then we will believe in him." The robbers that were being killed on the crosses beside Jesus also said bad things to him.
— Mark 15:32 NLT
Illustration of Mark 15:32 NLT — "If he is really the Christ, the king of Israel (the Jews), then he should save himself by coming down from the cross now. We will see this, and then we will believe in him."

Key Thought

Jesus is ridiculed by everyone present during his Passion—the crowds cried "Crucify him!" before Pilate, the soldiers beat and mocked him, people who passed by hurled their insults at him, the religious leaders mocked him, and even the criminals who were dying beside him threw in their own ridicule of him. Jesus faced the cruelty and the humiliation of the cross alone. His own closest followers had betrayed, denied, and abandoned him. He does it, so 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 demonstrates he will pay any price to love 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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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.