August 17

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A Slap in the Face

DATE:  August 17, 2020

BY:  Pastor Bob  Miller

CHAPTER READ:   John 19

SCRIPTURE SELECTED:  John 19:1-3

Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe and went up to him again and again, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they slapped him in the face.

OBSERVATION:   They did all these things to Jesus. They had him flogged. They twisted a crown of thorns together and put it on his head, mocking Him by proclaiming: “Hail, king of the Jews” and slapping him in the face.  And He didn’t stop them. He didn’t cry out. He suffered the pain and the indignity even though He spoke the World into existence.

APPLICATION:   We would never be guilty of such behavior, would I? We sing: ‘He is Lord’ and we mean it, and I wonder if it amounts to a “slap in he face” when we then go about living as if we were “Lord”?  We spend the money we have as if it was all ours to spend as we see fit.  We Hail Him, our King, but we give him the left-overs of our time and our energy. Is it a slap in His Face when we let Him be Lord on Sunday between 10 and 11:15am.

PRAYER:  Lord, how can You let me treat You as they did on that Good Friday? May You forgive me the times when I fit You into my agenda and fail to recognize the awe and wonder of whom I am addressing, just now! Amen


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