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"...despising its shame..."

Matthew 27:36-46 (NKJV)
36 Sitting down, they kept watch over Him there. 37 And they put up over His head the accusation written against Him:
THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
38 Then two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and another on the left.
39 And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads 40 and saying, “You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”
41 Likewise the chief priests also, mocking with the scribes and elders, said, 42 “He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him. 43 He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now if He will have Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”
44 Even the robbers who were crucified with Him reviled Him with the same thing.
Jesus Dies on the Cross

45 Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?

OBSERVATION
This scene gives us just a taste of what was said in Hebrews 12:2 - Jesus...endured the cross, despising its shame..." The shame placed about above his head in the ridicule of the sign. The mocking of the priests, scribes and elders. The soldiers left him completely exposed as the took his garments (as I think of Adam exposed in his shame after the fall). V44 says even the robber on the crosses next to him joined in with the ridicule. Most of all, the shame reflected in the separation Jesus endured during his separation from the Father, not only because of the sin, but because to identify with Jesus in that moment would have brought shame to God.

APPLICATION
The crucifixion scene is so powerful not only for the fact of Jesus bearing the sin of mankind as our sacrifice, but also because of the shame he bore. Sin kept us from God. Shame kept God from us. God could not reach to us or it would have brought dishonor to Him. And if God was shamed, then His word meant nothing, his faithfulness and integrity could be questioned. So all the shame of mankind that we brought upon God was borne by Jesus. And as spoken in Isaiah 53:5 & 54:11 says, "He was wounded for our transgressions (sin), He was bruised for our iniquities (shame)...My righteous Servant shall justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities."

The cross not only settled the payment for sin, but satisfied the the redemption of of our shame.

PRAYER
Lord, thank you for enduring the cross, the full weight of our redemption. Because you bore our shame, I now have honor restored, and You are glorified.

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