Today’s Scripture: Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands, Matthew 26:67
Do you realize how much God loves you? He chose to go through the suffering before and on the cross for you. He did it to save you from Hell. It was no accident! God knew what they would do to Him, and He still chose to follow through.
God gave evidence that He knew because hundreds of years before the cross, God predicted how the people accusing Him would treat Him.
“I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.” Isaiah 50:6
He endured, before the actual atrocity of the cross, being hit, punched, having his beard pulled out, being ridiculed, and spat in the face! He did that for us, plus died for us, poured out His blood for us, and was forsaken by God the Father for us. Because he did that for us, we will never be forsaken by God!
Are you willing to be ridiculed for Christ? If you knew beforehand that you would be spat on the face by someone you love because you obeyed God, would you still do the task?
Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.