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In Luke 23:27-43 Jesus is mocked all the way to his death. As he goes to the place of execution, however, he has encouraging words for those who are lamenting his sentence. The time is coming when Jesus’ followers will also be mocked, scorned, beaten, and executed, for his sake. This is a sorrowful time indeed.
Why is Jesus treated this way? It is because of sin in the world. From the first sin to the last one described in the Bible we are bent on rejecting and abusing Jesus. All sin is, in one way or another, a rejection of the person and work of God to create, sustain, and redeem his people.
Even as he is dying on the cross, see Jesus’ compassion. The criminal who confesses he is guilty and deserves to die but that Jesus is innocent receives a great promise. “You will be with me this day in paradise.” What hope do we find then? Whatever the sin, Jesus’ forgiveness is present for us. We can trust in his mercy. He has indeed done all that is necessary for our redemption.
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