Week 33 Devo – THURSDAY
As we look at the Crucifixion, we note that Jesus was crucified between two criminals. These criminals represent the people in our world. Criminal #1 hated Jesus. But Jesus did not respond with hate, but with love. “Father, forgive them because they do not know what they are doing.” As Jesus struggled to breathe and continued to suffer for those who hated him, He chose to love them. He showed His love for them by staying on the Cross and dying for those who hated him. The love we read here is unconditional, never-ending and sacrificial. Jesus died for those who mocked him as He hung on the Cross, and He continues to love the people who still deny Him today. Jesus did not die only for those who love Him. He faced the most painful death for those who mocked, flogged, and spat at Him as well.
Have you ever faced someone who mocked Jesus? How did you react?
Would you choose to die for someone who hated you?
Are your daily actions mocking who Jesus is?