15 September 2012

Being Mocked? Get Used To It

We need to have a clear understanding, in light of of what is happening in the Middle East, of what it means to be mocked. John Piper explains in this article from 2006

If Christ had not been insulted, there would be no salvation. This was his saving work: to be insulted and die to rescue sinners from the wrath of God. Already in the Psalms the path of mockery was promised: “All who see me mock me; they make mouths at me; they wag their heads” (Psalm 22:7). “He was despised and rejected by men . . . as one from whom men hide their faces . . . and we esteemed him not” (Isaiah 53:3).

...This was not true of Muhammad. And Muslims do not believe it is true of Jesus. Most Muslims have been taught that Jesus was not crucified. One Sunni Muslim writes, “Muslims believe that Allah saved the Messiah from the ignominy of crucifixion.” Another adds, “We honor [Jesus] more than you [Christians] do. . . . We refuse to believe that God would permit him to suffer death on the cross.” An essential Muslim impulse is to avoid the “ignominy” of the cross. (Read the entire article here.)

Can we expect anything less than our Savior? Our afflictions here are temporary and light compared to the glory we will have when in His presence. Gird up your loins friends. It is far from over.

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