Day 27: An Accessory of Evil
Read Matthew 27
Jesus is the example to follow when you suffer unjustly (1 Pet. 2:18-23).
He did not reply when accused (11-14). In this, He fulfilled Isaiah 53:7. There is a time to speak and a time to be silent (Eccles. 3:7), and we must exercise discernment. One thing is sure: no matter what He said, they would not have believed Him.
He did not retaliate when abused (15-31). He had the power to destroy those who mocked Him; in fact, legions of angels would have delivered Him. But it was the Father’s will that He suffer as He did, and Jesus was obedient to His Father’s will
He did not accept the cup (32-38). The narcotic drink would have helped deaden the pain, but Jesus refused it. He drank the cup of suffering instead.
He did not come down from the cross (40-44). Had He come down from the cross, the people still would not have believed in Him. And if He saved Himself, He could not save others (John 12:23-28). First the suffering, then the glory; first the cross, then the crown. Remember that the next time you are tempted to take the easy way.
- Let us pray that the leaders of our nation will allow truth and justice rather than politics to guide all their decisions.
- Pray that you will never be an accessory or participant in any evil or wickedness.
- Pray that you will never despise the things of God but revere them and glorify God.
- Pray for grace and power to fulfill the plan of God in your life despite all challenges and odds.
- Pray that all those connected to the fulfillment of your destiny will not slack but will be faithful. (Luke 4:25-27).
Leave out the cross, and you have killed the religion of Jesus. Atonement by the blood of Jesus is not an arm of Christian truth; it is the heart of it.- Charles Haddon Spurgeon