Tuesday, March 5, 2013

They Laughed Jesus to Scorn

Have you ever been laughed at? If you have been a Christian for any length of time you probably have experienced, some people thinking you are ignorant believing in the bible literally.  They will either laugh in your face our behind your back. It is not easy to be among friends, who misunderstand your faith in the living God. You are different and only our gracious Lord Himself can relate to us.

In Matthew 9:24 Jesus was faced with this same type of problem. When Jesus came to the ruler's house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion,He said "Go away for the girl is not dead but sleeping.'  And they laughed at Him." The crowds just didn't laugh at Jesus but scorned Him.  The people had never heard such words before. Who did He think He is, God Almighty?  Jesus knowing the hearts of men reached out in love, healed the little girl and went on His way.

Is it not the same today? People may mock our faith and laugh at us, but why should  it affect us? Often we are too concerned about what other people think.  They are not our judge. Nor are they our God.  That is the stance Jesus took.  He lived His life before His Father and did only what He told Him to do.  Jesus was NOT a people pleaser, but was obedient even unto death for our salvation.

Jesus was not in a  popularity contest and neither are we.  Yes, there will always be some people who will receive our message with gladness and thankfulness. I am sure the parents of the little girl that Jesus raised from the dead  were very grateful, but, what about the ones who scorned Him outside?    Did Jesus let them affect Him? I don't believe He did, because He knew man's heart, and He could forgive them of their unbelief, even though it broke His heart.

We believers are probably the most misunderstood people in the world. Jesus was never understood, in fact, He was crucified.   If we identify ourselves with Him, how can we expect anything less?  If He was scorned, will we not be also? But, like Jesus,  remembering the words of our Lord , "Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.We can forgive also, those who trespass against us. It may hurt, but His forgiveness will heal us.

There are times in our life when we want someone to really understand us..  Personally I have found only ONE person who can fill that need. It is Jesus Christ my Lord.  He may not always agree with me, but He sure does understands my humanity.  As a man He experienced this life, yet without sin.  He knows how it feels to be laughed at, to be misunderstood, rejected, forsaken by His Father, abandoned and humiliated. He has great compassion for us.

 By the grace of God, through the blood of Jesus, He will always meet with us in His Father's throne room. He will embrace any of our misunderstandings and help to clarify our thoughts.  He is ONLY A BREATH AWAY, and the only one who truly cares for our soul.

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