THE IRONY

Mark – The Facts.

Read this next passage and see the pure irony! The phrase that leaps from the page for me this morning is, “after tying Jesus securely”… You cannot bind up the Son of God! Jesus is in complete control of the situation. They can chain Him like an animal, tie His hands behind him, spit on him, mock him and push him around and then nail him to a cross, but Jesus, Son of God, is in control. Without all the restraints, Jesus still would have laid down His life for us. Irony.

We are created with gifts and abilities to lead and to follow. When we use those gifts and talents with the motivation to love others and glorify God then they are used for all the right reasons. When they are used for personal power and position then those gifts become tainted and stained by world thinking and behaving. Irony.

The behavior of those who want what is best for them continue to try to bind up Jesus. But you cannot secure Jesus with chains, straps of leather or anything else. Jesus cannot be bound up unwillingly. He will not bind us up, either. He gave us free will and a choice. Irony.

He will invite those who are willing to follow Him, whose hearts are completely His, to join Him in His work, His plan and purpose, His mission, and His will for each one of us. He is always in control of the when, what, where, and how. He is God and we are not. Where He guides, He provides. His ways are higher, nobler and a lot more adventurous and exciting that we can imagine. But…we go our own way at times. Irony.

Jesus is God’s Son. Jesus is part of God. Jesus is God come down to rescue us, redeem us and to bring us back to God in an intimate, personal, relational way. The religious leaders and scholars of the day, who think they are in charge, do not know they are intricate players in the final act of Jesus’ mission to pay the debt for our sin in full, forever. Irony.

Mark 15 tie Jesus

Mark 15, The Message
Standing Before Pilate
15 At dawn’s first light, the high priests, with the religious leaders and scholars, arranged a conference with the entire Jewish Council.             After tying Jesus securely, they took him out and presented him to Pilate.

2-3 Pilate asked him, “Are you the ‘King of the Jews’?”

He answered, “If you say so.” The high priests let loose a barrage of accusations.

4-5 Pilate asked again, “Aren’t you going to answer anything? That’s quite a list of accusations.” Still, he said nothing. Pilate was impressed, really impressed.

6-10 It was a custom at the Feast to release a prisoner, anyone the people asked for. There was one prisoner called Barabbas, locked up with the insurrectionists who had committed murder during the uprising against Rome. As the crowd came up and began to present its petition for him to release a prisoner, Pilate anticipated them: “Do you want me to release the King of the Jews to you?” Pilate knew by this time that it was through sheer spite that the high priests had turned Jesus over to him.

11-12 But the high priests by then had worked up the crowd to ask for the release of Barabbas. Pilate came back, “So what do I do with this man you call King of the Jews?”

13 They yelled, “Nail him to a cross!”

14 Pilate objected, “But for what crime?”

But they yelled all the louder, “Nail him to a cross!”

15 Pilate gave the crowd what it wanted, set Barabbas free and turned Jesus over for whipping and crucifixion.

16-20 The soldiers took Jesus into the palace (called Praetorium) and called together the entire brigade. They dressed him up in purple and put a crown plaited from a thornbush on his head. Then they began their mockery: “Bravo, King of the Jews!” They banged on his head with a club, spit on him, and knelt down in mock worship. After they had had their fun, they took off the purple cape and put his own clothes back on him. Then they marched out to nail him to the cross.

Irony.

Do we still try to “tie Jesus securely” in our own lives, compartmentalizing our relationship with Him? Do we only bring Jesus out for organized worship days and celebrations? Do we talk to Him flippantly with words we’ve heard others say at functions were we know we should “say a prayer”? Do as pray for success, then do things our own way, hoping for His blessings? Do we “leave all on the altar” then get up and worry about…everything? Do we crave the gift of peace but don’t give to the One who wants to give it to us? Irony.

I fall to my knees this morning, weep and remember that no one can tie Him down for He is God. Death could not hold Him. The grave could not keep Him. God created all and is in all. Jesus Christ, King of all kings, Lord of all lords is in charge and in control of every situation! His Holy Spirit’s Presence lives in us to help us. So who are we to doubt and not trust Him? Who are we to attempt to “tie Jesus securely”? His power cannot not be harnessed! What irony to think we can!

Dear Heavenly Father,
I repent. I give it all to You. Thank you. Just thank you.
In Jesus Name, Amen

And I’m singing..
Glorious Day – Casting Crowns

One day
One day when Heaven was filled with His praises
One day when sin was as black as could be
Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin
And dwelt among men, my example is He

The word became flesh
And the light shined among us
His glory revealed

And living, He loved me
Dying, He saved me
Buried, He carried my sins far away

Rising, He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming
Oh, glorious day, oh, glorious day

One day
One day they led Him up Calvary’s mountain
One day they nailed Him to die on a tree
Suffering anguish, despised and rejected
Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He

The hands that healed nations
Stretched out on a tree
And took the nails for me

And living, He loved me
Dying, He saved me
Buried, He carried my sins far away

Rising, He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming
Oh, glorious day, oh, glorious day

Thank you, Lord
Sing it ‘loud

One day the grave could conceal Him no longer
One day the stone rolled away from the door
Then He arose, over death He had conquered
Now is ascended, my Lord evermore

Death could not hold Him
The grave could not keep Him
From rising again

Living, He loved me
Dying, He saved me
Buried, He carried my sins far away

Rising, He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming
Oh, glorious day, oh, glorious day
Glorious day

One day the trumpet will sound for His coming
One day the skies with His glories will shine
Wonderful day, my Beloved One, bringing
My Savior, Jesus, is mine

Living, He loved me
Dying, He saved me
Buried, He carried my sins far away

Rising, He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming
Oh, glorious day, oh, glorious day
Glorious day, oh, glorious day

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About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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