Mark Day 44
Read Mark 14:16-41
And someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down. Mark 15:36
Be careful to avoid selfish love, it will abandon all compassion and concern for its own entertainment. We think it is far away and off in some dark corner but it’s closer than we realize. Selfish love lives in the heart of man. Selfish love will dare to mock and mistreat the one who simply cares. Even those dying in the selfish love mocked Jesus on the cross. It’s a sad commentary on the life of the lost. Even the little effort to provide Jesus with some relief before death is put on hold to hopefully be entertained once again by the power Jesus walked in. Being so consumed with selfish love the crowd couldn’t see the power of God to hang on a cross unjustly for us who deserved to hang on that cross justly. Selfish love can’t see God. Selfish love sees the situation as a selfish opportunity to be accepted by the crowd and to see something that it can talk about later. Selfish love never sees past the moment and that is why it ends in death even before death comes. Hell is manifested here in and through selfish love. And Jesus went there for us so that we could know what love truly looks like. In the Savior’s love, there is true love and life.