The ridicule and derision hurled at Jesus Christ by evil men were countered by a trust in God that was active from the time he was in the womb of his mother.
But I am a worm, not a man, scorned by everyone, despised by the people. (Psalm 22:6 CJB)
The rejection of the Anointed one was not restricted to God alone. Man seized the opportunity but not because of an inherent holiness. Jesus lamented, I am a worm, which is an expression of reproach and is used of a maggot that is utterly rejected.
Moreover, he stated that he was not a man. The treatment that Jesus faced on the cross was inhumane. He was beaten so severely that a person who knew him probably could not recognize him.
Just as many were appalled at him because he was so disfigured that he didn’t even seem human and simply no longer looked like a man, (Isaiah 52:14 CJB)
The scorn of man was shown in the ill treatment that Jesus suffered at the hands of satanic people who spit upon him, struck him, spoke blasphemous words against him, flogged him, and beat him with staff.
Then they spit in his face and pounded him with their fists; and those who were beating him said, “Now, you ‘Messiah,’ ‘prophesy’ to us: who hit you that time?” And they said many other insulting things to him. Then he released to them Bar-Abba; but Yeshua, after having him whipped, he handed over to be executed on a stake. They spit on him and used the stick to beat him about the head. (Matt. 26:67-68; Luke 22:65; Matt. 27:26; Matt. 27:30 CJB)
Isaiah prophesied the hatred and reproach shown by those who crucified Jesus.
People despised and avoided him, a man of pains, well acquainted with illness. Like someone from whom people turn their faces, he was despised; we did not value him.
In fact, it was our diseases he bore, our pains from which he suffered; yet we regarded him as punished, stricken and afflicted by God.
Though mistreated, he was submissive —he did not open his mouth. Like a lamb led to be slaughtered, like a sheep silent before its shearers, he did not open his mouth.
After forcible arrest and sentencing, he was taken away; and none of his generation protested his being cut off from the land of the living for the crimes of my people, who deserved the punishment, themselves. (Isaiah 53:3-4, 7-8 CJB)
All who see me jeer at me; they sneer and shake their heads: “He committed himself to Adonai, so let him rescue him! Let him set him free if he takes such delight in him!” (Psalm 22:7-8 CJB)
The crowd’s reaction as they looked to the cross demonstrated the venom of hatred from those who crucified the Lord. Neither the crowds nor the religious leaders, having pushed for the execution of Jesus, were satisfied in their thirst for blood.
The phrase all who see me jeer at me indicated that the psalmist foresaw that as Jesus hung on the cross, many would hurl blasphemous insults while shaking their heads. This refers to a rude gesture similar to sticking out the tongue. Beyond the outward actions of disgust were the abuses that flowed from the mouths of his accusers.
“He trusted God? So, let him rescue him if he wants him! After all, he did say, ‘I’m the Son of God’!” (Matt. 27:43 CJB)
People were passing by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “Aha! So you can destroy the Temple, can you, and rebuild it in three days? Save yourself and come down from the stake!”
Likewise, the head cohanim (priests) and the Torah-teachers made fun of him, saying to each other, “He saved others, but he can’t save himself!” and, “So he’s the Messiah, is he? The King of Isra’el? Let him come down now from the stake! If we see that, then we’ll believe him!” Even the men nailed up with him insulted him. (Mark 15:29-32 CJB)
Jesus could have saved himself, but he endured this suffering because of his love for us. He could have chosen not to take the pain and humiliation; he could have killed those who mocked him. But he suffered through it all because he loved even his enemies. We had a significant part in the drama that dark afternoon because our sins were on the cross too.
Jesus died on that cross for us, and the penalty for our sins was paid by his death. The only adequate response we can make is to confess our sins and gratefully accept the fact that Jesus paid for them so we wouldn’t have to. Don’t insult God with indifference toward the greatest act of genuine love in history.
He said to them, “When I sent you out without wallet, pack or shoes, were you ever short of anything?” “Not a thing,” they answered. “But now,” he said, if you have a wallet or a pack, take it; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your robe to buy one. For I tell you this: the passage from the Tanakh (the Torah) that says, ‘He was counted with transgressors,’has to be fulfilled in me; since what is happening to me has a purpose.” (Luke 23:35-37 CJB)
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