There is no success without struggle. There’s no win with a war. We can only appreciate all the resurrection means by first remembering the price that was paid at Calvary. This week we contemplate in order to celebrate. Take some time to let the immense truths of the cross steep into your soul. Then receive the reality of the resurrection. As you journey through these Devos invite others to read them as well. Or, read them out loud as a family, or with a group of friends. Feel free to pass the content along in your conversations.
“. . . and saying, ‘Ha! . . .” Mark 15:29-32
Ha! is an exclamation of mockery, contempt, irony and scorn. It’s the disdainful cry of victory. It’s a sarcastic assumption of the outcome, before the battle begins.
Ha! assumes the short range facts were on the side of those who jeered at Jesus. To the assembly, it seemed to be over. Jesus would soon be dead. He was finished. So the scorn and the scoffing Ha!, the razzing and roasting began.
Among the groups taunting Him were the chief priests, scribes and elders. Ha! assails others, as they paced up and down in the shadow of the cross, they do not look at Him but talk among themselves. However, they make sure they are close enough for Jesus to hear. Their words reveal disdain, “Ha! He can save others, but He can’t save Himself,” all while the greatest event in history is taking place.
Ha! takes advantage of others. It sees weakness and pounces. The soldiers seized a moment to gamble for the garments of Jesus at the foot of the cross. We do the same today. We feverishly play the market constantly grasping for more profit and more goods, all in the presence of the cross.
There is another Ha! It’s a moment when one has a sudden insight that leads to a life-changing breakthrough. The centurion confessed, “This man was the Son of God.” He watched Jesus die, he saw His courage, His refusal of sedative, His love in the face of hate, His forgiveness of His enemies. The centurion had an Aha! moment that altered his mind and heart. He had gone from seeing Jesus as a common criminal, to seeing Him as the Christ.
Ha! awakens us that life is not over. If the outcome was determined at sunset, the religious leaders, the soldiers, and the multitudes would have been right. Historically, the church has called the day of crucifixion “Good Friday,” but to Jesus’ family and friends, it was the worst Friday ever. It was “bad Friday.” But a day passes, two days pass and, Ha!, the third day. Then God say Ha! You thought it was over but it's only just begun.
Has the God of Ha! awakened your spirit?