They say for behavior
to be considered bullying,
It has to contain three components:
(1) intentional hurtful actions
(2) repeated behavior over time,
and (3) an imbalance of power.
Well, based on this definition,
the horrible behavior that we see happening
to Jesus in Chapter 27, is not bullying,
because while the actions of others
are extremely hurtful,
and they are repeated over and over again,
Jesus is still the Son of God -
so He has the power
to make it all stop at anytime!
The power is 100% - all in His hands!
Instead, we are witnessing
what is called Human Cruelty,
and it’s the result of humans who do not operate
under the Spirit of God.
Listen to this -
“As they were going out,
they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon,
and they forced him to carry the cross
They came to a place called Golgotha
(which means “the place of the skull”).
And there they offered Jesus
wine to drink, mixed with gall;
but after tasting it, he refused to drink anymore.
When they had crucified Jesus,
they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
And sitting down,
they kept watch over him there.
Above his head they placed
the written charge against him:
“This is Jesus, the king of the Jews.”
Two rebels were crucified with him,
one on his right and one on his left.
Those who passed by hurled insults at him,
shaking their heads and saying,
“You who are going to destroy the temple
and build it in three days, save yourself!
Come down from the cross,
if you are the Son of God!”
In the same way the chief priests,
the teachers of the law
and the elders mocked him.
“He saved others,” they said,
“but he can’t save himself!
He’s the king of Israel!
Let him come down now
from the cross,
and we will believe in him.
He trusts in God.
Let God rescue him now
if he wants him, for he said,
‘I am the Son of God.’ ”
In the same way
the rebels who were crucified with him
also heaped insults on him.”
Jesus was insulted by all kinds of men.
Elders, teachers, and government leaders;
rebels, soldiers and guardsmen;
Even the people who had laid down their garments,
as Jesus was walking over the Mount of Olives
said, “Crucify him!”
The whole community participated in the
insulting death of Jesus -
Both the lowly and the proud!
But what they did not realize
is that the Word of God never changes.
Jesus came in the flesh as a Lamb led to slaughter,
and chose to lay down his life.
Do you get that?
God himself took on flesh
so that He could experience our physical death.
He poured out His blood to break the curse He set;
to bring mankind back into relationship with Him.
We must remember-
The Word of God never returns void!
What He says goes!
And what they did not know,
is that the Word of God
can happen at any time!
The Word will be born again!
But according to scripture,
the obedient Son will return,
not as a Lamb, but as a Lion.
The Lamb of God
will have been fully digested
by the Church.
And what will stand in His place,
will be the Lion of Judah
who comes with a mighty roar
with scepter in hand.
“And from the time John the Baptist
began preaching until now, the Kingdom of Heaven
has been forcefully advancing,
and violent people are attacking it.”
As the saying goes,
you are what you eat.
Get ready Church -
the Body of Christ is growing.
The Day of the Lord’s return
is coming soon.
It is time to send out the Maranatha Cry!