Devotion for Wednesday after Lent 3

All who see me mock me;
    they make mouths at me; they wag their heads;
“He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him;
    let him rescue him, for he delights in him!” ~ Psalm 22:7-8

These words apply to Jesus on the cross. He was ridiculed because God did not save Him. The people mocking Him didn’t understand that Jesus was there by choice. God could rescue Him any time, but Jesus chose to take our sins on Him and die on the cross so we can live forever. Instead of asking His Father to rescue Him, Jesus, by His willing sacrifice of Himself, rescued us from eternity in hell.

Lord, there are no words adequate to describe what Jesus did for me. He endured more pain and suffering than I can imagine, He suffered mockery and derision from onlookers, and—worst of all—He suffered separation from You, the Father. Both of You suffered more than I can imagine in that moment of separation, but You did it for me, so I don’t have to be separated from You forever. Give me a grateful heart and the desire and ability to live for You. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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