And with him they crucified two robbers, one on his right and one on his left. And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, “Aha! You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself, and come down from the cross!” So also the chief priests with the scribes mocked him to one another, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross that we may see and believe.” Those who were crucified with him also reviled him.
—Mark 15: 27-32
by: Joy Choquette.
Are we not fortunate that God is a god of mercy as well as justice? Looking back over our lives, we can all likely see times when we deserved punishment. Yet God, in His love and mercy, absolves us, offering us forgiveness in place of punitive measures; offering love and peace in place of the punishment that we deserve. “Life’s not fair,” is a comment we hear frequently. It is true and has been since the beginning of time. But God is just. We are blessed to serve a God who does not love us as we deserve to be loved but as He desires to do so.