Thrown under the bus.
Do you have a few stories of your own that made you feel…drastically alone?
“The sober symphony of Calvary was arranged by these characteristic notes of betrayal.” This was the story leading up to Jesus’ death.
“Our Savior’s murder was not a story just to give us a knee-jerk emotional response, but to show us how carefully and divinely orchestrated a mission of mercy it was.” Imagine how many betrayals Jesus encountered by both friends and enemies, from the garden of Gethsemane to the interior of the governor’s palace?
Yet, he gave no excuses.
“He humbly remained the Passover Lamb and stumbled up a hill to His own slaughter.”
He took the punches, the spit, the ridicule, the bruising, the scourging, the nails…
Yet, “he muted His own omnipotent roar to save us.”
The lash on his back, the thorns on his head, the spit on his cheek, the bruises on his face, the nails in his hands, the spear in his side, the scorn of the rulers, the betrayal of his friend, the desertion by his disciples – these were all the result of sin, and all designed by God to destroy the power of sin. ~ John Piper
Roman crucifixion ranks among the most heartless and inhuman forms of torture and death yet contrived. That such a cruel practice could be transformed into a means of salvation testifies powerfully to God’s grace and mercy for all the world. ~ Lisa Harper
As I read this week’s bible study from Lisa Harper’s, The Gospel of Mark, I was somberly and joyfully reminded of the Cross. Jesus’ story of betrayal led to my story of redeeming beauty. Everyday this should be a prayer of thanksgiving and gratitude in our hearts. What an amazing reminder of God’s goodness in our lives. Everyday we have access to eternal life, healing, the promises of God, joy, and so much more because of our Lord’s choice of a sacrificial death and resurrection. Sometimes we have to be reminded to keep the main thing the main thing; It’s. All. About. Jesus.
Let’s take a moment right now to thank God for this beautiful outcome!
We have one more week in this study! Join me for the final week of The Gospel of Mark Bible Study next Thursday morning as we close up with a grand finale and release the topic of the next study. Be Blessed! Be Revealed!
Week 6: The Beautiful Outcome of Our Lord’s Betrayal
- Mark 14: 32-16:8
- If someone asked you, “Why did Jesus have to die?” how would you answer that person?
- When you really ponder the symbol of a cross, do you feel more sorrowful or hopeful?
- What’s the “Oh wow, surely Jesus is the Son of God” moment in your life?