Jesus Got Slapped

Merriam-Webster defines slap as to strike sharply with or as if with the open hand. Wikipedia notes that the purpose of a slap is often to humiliate, more than injure. A “slap in the face” is a common idiom, dating back to the late 1800s, that means to rebuke, rebuff or insult. Jesus Got Slapped. Just imagine God incarnate allowing Himself to be slapped. The creator subjected Himself to His creation. Why? To bring glory and honor to God by atoning for the sins of those who would come to know God through Christ.

John 18

19 Meanwhile, the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching.

20 “I have spoken openly to the world,” Jesus replied. “I always taught in synagogues or at the temple, where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret. 21 Why question me? Ask those who heard me. Surely they know what I said.”

22 When Jesus said this, one of the officials nearby slapped him in the face. “Is this the way you answer the high priest?” he demanded.

23 “If I said something wrong,” Jesus replied, “testify as to what is wrong. But if I spoke the truth, why did you strike me?” 24 Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.

 Jesus Got Slapped because the man felt that Jesus was speaking to an important official disrespectfully. Never mind that the man was challenging God in the flesh. I just had a conversation with my son about how eternal that man’s sorrow must be. When was the last time you slapped Jesus? We slap Jesus every time we think that someone, including yourself, or something is more important than He. As we do, Jesus ceases to have first priority in our lives or He continues to not have top priority in our lives. Either way we slice it, Jesus is not given His rightful place in our lives when we slap Him. Now, how do you think Jesus will respond when the time of grace elapses from taking all of our slaps and insults? The Word tells us “41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.Matthew 13:41-43 When Jesus weeds, will you be with Him or away from Him? If you spent your life slapping Jesus, you will be away from Him where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.

While those are figurative slaps for us, have we really considered that when we reject Him, His will or His way that it is a slap in the face. Jesus left glory, became a man, subjected himself to that which He created to bring salvation to man. When we ignore His sacrifice, it is a slap in the face. When we do, it can be said that Jesus Got Slapped. Is that how you want to live your life? If not, surrender to Jesus and follow Him.


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