JESUS…HE IS LORD!
Those Roman soldiers who nailed Jesus to the cross, did so as to just a common man like the thieves that day. They did not recognize Him as the Son of God at that time. He was just one of a crowd to them. I say, at that time, because later he did according to Matthew 27:54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God.”
How sad that we in His church are sometimes like those Roman soldiers! If we recognized Him as the Son of God, who loved us enough to go through the cruelty of the cross…would we worship Him only when it is convenient for us to do so? Would we stay home from worship to cook a meal for special company, or let material things, our profession, children, mothers, fathers and earthly gain and pleasure keep us from the worship assembly? Do we really recognize Him for what He is? How much like the Roman soldiers and the Jewish people of that day are we?
Yes, we worship God when it is convenient for us and we call it sacrifice! Listen, while God speaks to the Israelites by Malachi in chapter 1:
” …A son honoureth his father and a servant his master: If then I be a Father, where is My honour? And if I be a Master, where is my fear? ” says the Lord of hosts to you, O priests who despise My Name.” And ye say, ‘Wherein have we despised Thy Name?’ “
“Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, ‘Wherein have we polluted Thee?’ In that ye say, The table of the Lord is contemptible.’ “
“And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? Offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person?” saith the Lord of hosts.
“Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought? Neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the Lord of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand.”
“Ye said also, ‘Behold what a weariness is it!’ And ye have snuffed at it, saith the Lord of hosts; and ye brought that which was torn, and the lame and the sick thus ye brought an offering: Should I accept this of your hand? But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth and sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing: for I am a great King, saith the Lord of hosts, and My Name is dreadful among the heathen. ( Malachi 1: 6-10 and verses 13 and 14).