Disgraceful Moments

In Mark 14:65-72, two shameful expressions of fallen human nature are exposed: “And some began to spit on Him, and to cover His face, and to buffet Him, and to say unto Him, Prophesy: and the servants did strike Him with the palms of their hands.” They spit on God! They covered His face! They slapped or beat on His covered face! The servants “punched” Him with the palms of their hands! This Satan inspired hate still moves sinful people today. Ranging from ignoring Him to firmly rejecting Him to persecuting His church, this is how they react to His offer of love, grace and mercy. While this disgraceful abuse of Jesus was going on, after a trial that was a farce, another disgrace was unfolding beneath the palace: “And as Peter was beneath in the palace, there cometh one of the maids of the high priest: and when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked upon him, and said, And thou also wast with Jesus of Nazareth. But he denied, saying, I know not, neither understand I what thou sayest. And he went out into the porch; and the cock crew. And a maid saw him again, and began to say to them that stood by, This is (one) of them. And he denied it again. And a little after, they that stood by said again to Peter, Surely thou art one of them: for thou art a Galilaean, and thy speech agreeth (thereto). But he began to curse and to swear, (saying), I know not this man of Whom ye speak. And the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny Me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept!” Sinners beat on Him; His disciples had fled, and big, bold, self-confident Peter denied Him three times. For those lost ones that horribly treated Him, He prayed: “Father, forgive them; for they not what they do” (Luke 23:34). If He hadn’t prayed that prayer, there would have been no hope for any of them. He prayed for Peter, forgave him, restored him and used him. C. Bishop realized some of the greatness of such love. The hymn, “Such Love,” speaks of this great love: “That God should love a sinner such as I, should yearn to change my sorrow into bliss, nor rest till He had planned to bring me nigh, how wonderful is love like this! Such love, such wondrous love! Such love, such wondrous love! That God should love a sinner such as I, how wonderful is love like this!Selah! To reject such love is “the crime” of crimes!    Ron

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2 thoughts on “Disgraceful Moments

  1. Another good one, Ron. I posted your blog with the following preface: “Pastor Ron’s Blog speaks of disgraceful moments. As I look back over my life – there are several “disgraceful moments” that come to mind. To the best of my knowledge, I have taken those “moments” and confessed them to my Loving Lord – and know that His blood covers them all – He paid for all my sin on the cross of Calvary.
    I reckon you can also look back and find some “disgraceful moments” in your life. I encourage you to take them to Jesus and confess them as sin – turn away from them – and accept His forgiveness and pardon – and live to Glorify Him.

  2. is it just me, or is pastor ron’s blog just getting better and better?
    if it keeps getting better and better, O LORD, i don’t know what i’m gonna do!

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