God's Character, John, Psalm

God Loves Us At Our Worst

God knew what we would do to Jesus. God sent down his only son to give us salvation. What happened? We betrayed him and hung him on a cross to die. We did not even give him an honorable death. Jesus was mocked, whipped, abused, tortured and hung on the cross to die. It shows how brutal our human nature can be. It shows how loving our God is to us. Even after we treated his son horribly, God still forgave us. God let his son die, so we could be saved from our sins. Wow, we have an amazing God.

Carrying his cross, Jesus went to the place of the Skull. There they crucified him along with two others.

Pilate prepared a notice and attached tithe cross that read, “Jesus of Nazareth, The King of the Jews”. The people asked Pilate to change the words to “He claimed to be King of the Jews”.

Pilate would not change it. “What I have written, I have written.”

The soldiers took Jesus’s outer garment and decided who would get it, as fulfilled in the written scriptures.

Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.

Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: Jesus of Nazareth, The King of the Jews. Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews.”

Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”

When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.

“Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.”

This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled that said,

“They divided my clothes among them
and cast lots for my garment.”
So this is what the soldiers did.

–John 19:17-24 (NIV)

Pilate wrote “Jesus of Nazareth, The King of the Jews”, and would not alter it. I think Pilate believed that Jesus was the King of the Jews, and knew what a terrible thing we had done to God’s son.

The last detail is striking. The soldiers take the clothing from Jesus and decide who will get it. Its an interesting detail to add, most interesting because it fulfilled the scriptures. This detail was written in the Old Testament. God knew what would happen, if he sent his son to earth. God knew how awful we would be to him, killing him and then taking his clothes.

They divide my clothes among them
and cast lots for my garment.
–Psalm 22:18 (NIV)

It is bad enough that the people crucified Jesus, but they also humiliated him. They mocked him by placing a crown of thorns of his head, beating him, whipping him and nailing him to the cross. Then, as one last insult, they took his outer garments off of him, trying to strip him of his last shred of dignity.

God would not let this be the end. Jesus died and laid in the tomb for three days. Then, God raised Jesus from the dead. Mary went the tomb and saw two angels. And, Jesus was alive. We did our worst to Jesus, and God rose Jesus from the dead. That is the whole foundation of Christianity. We do our worst. God loves us anyway and gives us a way out. God loves us at our worst. God saves us at our worst. God always wants us to run to him, so he can comfort us and give us peace.

Have you had people hurt you? Mock you? So, did Jesus. God loved them anyway. God doesn’t want us to hurt each other. But, God will always take us where we are. If you are at a point where you want to stop hurting others, go to God. Ask for forgiveness. Ask for help to be a Godly person. Ask God for wisdom. God loves us at our worst. God wants us to be our best. God can help us change our behavior and change our hearts.

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