Have you ever been in the place where you had been believing for something and it looked like it wasn’t going to happen? Maybe it was a financial breakthrough. Maybe it was a healing. Maybe it was a job. Maybe it was a house. Maybe it was a car. The closer and closer you approached the time where what you had been hoping for was suppose to come through, the more hopeless the situation appeared, and the more people started to criticize you. I’ve been there. So what do you do when it’s time to face the music?
In Matthew we find Jesus in a similar situation. Jesus made all these claims during His time of ministry. He claimed He was the Son of God. He claimed that He would tear down the temple and rebuild it in three days. He helped so many other people. That when we get to this part of His life in the gospel of Matthew, we find Jesus hanging on the cross and it looks like all hope had been lost. People start remembering what Jesus said and now they begin to criticize Him. This is the scene that Matthew paints:
“And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads and saying, “You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” Likewise the chief priests also, mocking with the scribes and elders, said, “He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him. He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now if He will have Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’ ” Even the robbers who were crucified with Him reviled Him with the same thing.” (Matthew 27:39-44 NKJV)
When it’s time to face the music there is 3 people that will start to criticize you. Your peers will criticize you. Matthew writes that those who passed blasphemed Jesus while He was on the cross. Religious people will criticize you. Chief priests, scribes, and elders mocked Jesus. Even your own family will criticize you. It says that even the robbers who were crucified with Jesus reviled Him.
So what did Jesus do when He found Himself in this situation? The first thing He did was that He forgave the people who criticized Him.
Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” (Luke 23:34 NKJV)
We seem to hold grudges. Hold on to unforgiveness. Hold on to hatred. When we need to forgive. When we forgive those who criticize, we cut the cord between us. Most of the time those who criticize don’t know what they are doing because they can’t see what we see. Release those who you are harboring hatred and unforgiveness against today so that you are not left on the cross or stuck in the grave.
The next thing Jesus did was to commit the situation to God.
And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’” Having said this, He breathed His last. (Luke 23:46 NKJV)
So often we want to fix the situation in our own strength. Instead of letting go and letting God, we hold on to things with all we got. David wrote “Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.” (Psalm 37:5 NKJV) When you hand your situation over to God, He will do something that you would never have expected.
So the next time you have to face the music, forgive the people who criticize and commit the situation to God. Even if your dream, promise, or blessing has died, God will resurrect it. Because we all know what happened three days later.