Among the Rulers?
"...but the rulers scoffed at him". (Luke 23 v35)
Everything was going to plan. They had worked hard for this moment – this presumptuous nobody the Messiah? The one who “saved” others? Ha, look at him, he couldn’t even save himself!!! They had done their duty. They had protected the people – and more importantly, their own egos – from the dangerous, cancerous teachings of this impostor. God would be pleased...
Among the people?
"And the people stood by, watching…" (v35)
They were the ones who had condemned him to death by demanding Pilate release a murderer and instead crucify Jesus, an innocent man. Why not finish what they began? I mean, Jesus was a celebrity – he wasn’t some anonymous crim who got caught in the act, he was a well-known figure in Jerusalem. In fact, these very people were the ones who welcomed him into the city only a few days before. What a fascinating turn of events...
People react differently to death, depending on their perspective...
Take the death sentence hanging over convicted drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Mayuran Sukumaran in Indonesia. Their families, their friends, the lawyers, the President, the Indonesian public, the Australian public, the media - all these different groups have their opinions about whether these two men should be executed or not. As of this Good Friday, the execution date has not been set but could be carried out soon.
Today we are remembering a death was scheduled and carried out around 2000 years ago, the death of Jesus Christ on a cross. This execution, recorded in Luke 23, also drew out different reactions from people, depending on where they stood before the cross on the day.
Where do you stand at the cross?
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. (1 Corinthians 13:5 NIV)
I have no idea why people driving on the road don’t indicate when they turn! Some do, of course, but others seem to think I can read their minds! You’re turning? Well indicate!!! And while we’re on the topic, another thing that really annoys the heck out of me is when I forget to indicate and another car honks their horn at me! I mean, get a life!! Can’t a guy make a mistake every now and then?
This is a four part message about shame working from Genesis 2:25-3:24 (CEV)
Week 1: What is shame?
Week 2: Where do we see shame?
This week we're looking at the question: How do you recognise shame?
How do you recognise shame?
It’s actually quite difficult to recognise shame sometimes. After all, we all, like Adam and Eve, try to hide it. Any expression on our faces could be hiding shame. But there are a few clues.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. (NIV)
We start off dead. We get to a point where we just can’t do it. There’s no way we can serve others. There’s no way we can cope. There’s no way we can live up to those expectations. There’s no way we can go on.
We’re at a good point.