365 Prophecies: Prophecy 141
Those who view the Messiah’s crucifixion will mock Him and shake their heads.
Old Testament Prediction:
Psalms 109:25 I also have become a reproach to them; When they look at me, they shake their heads.
New Testament Fulfillment:
Matthew 27:39 And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads…
Hebrews 13:12-13 Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach.
From time to time, I read a new book from Amazon.com. Once in a while I write reviews for some of those books. On some occasions my comments are directed at certain persons who criticize other Christian writers, or worse yet, mock the Bible and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jude wrote that in the last days, just prior to the return of Jesus, there would be scoffers who would make unkind comments about other Christians and create divisions among the body of Christ.
Jude 17 But you, my dear friends, must remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ said. 18 They told you that in the last times there would be scoffers whose purpose in life is to satisfy their ungodly desires. 19 These people are the ones who are creating divisions among you. They follow their natural instincts because they do not have Gods Spirit in them. (NLT)
Today there are many books that have been written by persons who claim that they were once a faithful follower of Jesus and a sincere student of the word of God—but now no longer believe in either. When their writing includes attacks on Jesus or the validity of God’s word, I cannot remain silent. I feel compelled to defend the Gospel and speak up for my Lord to whom I owe everything.
Jude 3 Dear friends…I find that I must write…urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people. (NLT)
Unfortunately, when I have written in defense of the Lord and His people, I always suffer at the hands of scoffers. Many of these people claim to be good Christians, while attacking those to whom Jesus died. I myself am laid bare as a terrible man and poor representation of Christ because I encourage them to not write unkind comments about the work of other Christian authors who serve the Lord in sincerity.
It is a fact of these last days that when we stand to defend the gospel against those who attack the truth, or seek to encourage graceful behavior amongst Christians, we will experience much wrath.
Recently, I stood against a bitter woman who wrote a very negative comment regarding a wonderful book that was directed at encouraging the Christian wife. For more than four months, I continually received reproachful and hateful letters from this woman.
For this reason and many others, I have learned over the years just what the word reproach means. I have been discredited and felt tremendous pain for seeking only to bring unity and grace amongst those who claim to be followers of Jesus. Solomon wrote that the scoffer will not receive instruction from anyone, while those who are wise will love you for your encouragement. The response that a person has to those who care enough to correct them, reveals their true character.
Proverbs 9:7 He who corrects a scoffer gets shame for himself, And he who rebukes a wicked man only harms himself.
Proverbs 9:8 Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you; Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.
Jesus stood up against all the sins of the world and they killed Him. There is a majority of persons who live on this planet who do not want to be corrected or instructed by anyone. Jesus suffered reproach primarily because He accused the world of sin, and provided a way for redemption for those who would repent.
If you want to be derided, mocked, and hated, just stand up against a person who is committing wrongful acts. When I sat in tears at the reproach I had been subjected to, I understood, in some small way, how much Jesus suffered at the hands of evil men.
To be hanging on a cross with your lifeblood pouring out on the ground, while men and women are gathered around you sneering and scoffing at your pain—must have been unbearable for Jesus. Those who mocked Jesus are said to have “wagged their heads,” which is a term used to describe someone in utter disgust over another. People were disgusted with Jesus, and they hated Him for claiming to die for their sins.
The fact that the Holy Spirit authored Psalms 109:25, pointing the way to Jesus Christ who would fulfill the words described by David, is truly amazing. I do not think that Christians and the church, in general, give adequate consideration to how Jesus felt during the final hours that He suffered before and during His crucifixion.
When I sit and consider how it would feel to be in Jesus’ place as these things were being said and done to Him, I do not understand how He had the clarity of mind and strength of heart to go through with it at all. We must remember that Jesus had already seen what was going to happen to Him before this day ever arrived. He was well acquainted with how much pain there would be for Him. He knew the reproach that Psalms 108:25 speaks of, before it ever happened. Even so, He came to earth and went to the cross—despite His knowledge of what was in store for Him. Most of us, if we were shown how much suffering we would have to endure throughout our life, would give up before we had ever begun.
Jesus saw something farther in the distance and more important than the suffering and reproach spoken of by this 141st Prophecy. He saw us and the time when we would all stand before Him in great Joy, having arrived in Heaven to see His face and behold the beauty and peace of our new home. Can you see it—the vision of us all together in heaven at the feet of Jesus, having completed all the trials and difficulties of this life?
May we bear His reproach gladly while we are still here, as we defend Him and His word and ever stand for Him as faithful friends. May we look forward to His appearance again here on earth and the establishment of His eternal kingdom.