“They don’t know who they’re messing with!”
Have you ever felt that way? Maybe towards a co-worker who seemed intent on undermining your position. Or after receiving rude and disrespectful service, especially since the person’s entire job was to be hospitable! It is natural to respond with anger. Give them a piece of your mind. Put them in their place.
Of anyone who ever lived, Jesus had the most right to say, “Don’t they know who I am?” And Jesus definitely put his critics in their place at times. When they tried to trip him up on healing on the sabbath, and paying taxes to Caesar. We know what happened to the money changers.
But at other moments—before Pilate, and on the cross—He was mostly silent. Instead of anger, His response was forgiveness. Rather than put His accusers in their place, He took our place. And now the Father has exalted Him to the highest place, where He will reign as king forever. Not only that, His sacrifice made a way for us—the very people who deserved His treatment—to reign with Him.
As Good Friday approaches, what most stands out to you about Christ’s final days?