Today's devotion from Mark 15. As we come toward the conclusion of this chapter, we see Jesus hanging on the cross with many watching. There are those who are watching out of cruel sport. They mock Jesus, and apparently enjoy His torment as they wait to see if Elijah will come to Him. They saw someone to jeer and ridicule, not someone to worship.
There are women who have followed Him from some time. They have traveled with Him and cared for Him. They apparently ministered to and with Him in many ways. These were close, some of them family, and they were tormented by what they saw. They saw their friend, their teacher, their savior broken and bleeding and too far to away to serve in this moment.
There was a centurion who had undoubtedly seen many men die. He had surely experienced the scene of crucifixion many times before given Rome's penchant for this effect means of discouraging would be trouble makers. Yet as he watched, he saw the Son of God hung before two thieves. Later he is called to attest to the fact that he as seen this same man die on that bloody cross.
There was a prominent member of the Sanhedrin, named Joseph. He was looking forward to the Kingdom of God, but what he saw in this moment was the brutal reality of political scheming and conniving of jealous men, bent on power through abuse of faith. He saw the political coup of the old guard destroying a man to restore their own grip on people's hope. When he saw it, he felt responsibility. He used his own coin to purchase the tomb and the linen. He uses his own clout to secure the corpse.
Each of these were watching the events of that day unfold, but they each saw something a little different. Yet, for three groups it could be argued that the women who walked with Him, the centurion who marveled at Him, and the Arimathean who took responsibility for Him all came to the same conclusion from separate points of origin. It was the crowd that got it wrong.
Remember this when the culture looks on our Christ with scorn and ridicule. The crowd is often wrong, especially when it comes to rightly seeing Jesus.