In reading Luke 23, the account of the crucifixion of Jesus, I see two reactions: pride or humility.
Pilate finds no guilt in Jesus, yet sentences Him to death to appease demands of the crowd. Pride.
Herod treats Jesus with contempt and mockery, dressing Him in splendid clothing, sending Him back to Pilate. Pride.
Jesus cries out to His Father, “Forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Humility.
The soldiers mocked Jesus, offering him sour wine, saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” Pride.
One of the criminals crucified with Jesus, mocks him, saying “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” Pride.
The other criminal recognizes his own guilt and Jesus’s righteousness and asks for Jesus to remember him when He comes into His kingdom. Humility.
A Roman centurion praises God saying, “Certainly this man was innocent.” Humility.
The crowds return to their homes beating their breasts in grief over what they’ve just witnessed. Humility.
Which type of person are you? Be honest with yourself.
Are you seeking the truth with humility or pride? Do you want to know the truth, no matter what it costs?
We can either humble ourselves and seek God’s face, asking for His grace and forgiveness, or we can harden our hearts in pride, scoffing and mocking at the message of the gospel.
I have been both.
I will be forever thankful for the grace of God that forgives even the blasphemous who turn to Him in faith.
God is giving the people of the world time right now to consider their own mortality. You are not guaranteed tomorrow. Be thankful that God has given us this opportunity to wake up, so that we can be born again TODAY to begin our new lives with Him TODAY.
If you want to make this choice, let today be the day. I would love to read through the Bible with you or talk about it more.
If you want to surrender your life to Christ, ask Him. He will not turn you away. And then find someone to help you in your new life with Christ. I’d love to walk with you on your faith-journey.
God is real, friends. He wants you to know Him and trust Him.