A Strange Coronation

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Have you ever, in a moment of pain, frustration or anger, said something you later regretted? Have you ever mashed your thumb with a hammer and almost reflexively a swear word came flying out? Our mastery (or lack of mastery) over our tongues at such times is very revealing.

The missionary Amy Carmichael once said, “a cup of sweet water cannot spill one drop of bitter water- no matter how suddenly jolted.” Jesus himself said it best in Luke 6:44-45, “For each tree is known by its own fruit. Indeed, people do not gather figs from thorn bushes, or grapes from brambles. The good man brings good things out of the good treasure of his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil treasure of his heart. For out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.”

Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks. That’s a helpful diagnostic tool in discerning the condition of our own hearts, and it is also a helpful way of knowing and understanding the heart of Jesus. This Sunday we will wrap up our study through the nineteenth chapter of John by studying the various things that Jesus said from the cross. The words of Jesus in those last moments before his death reveal an inner world that is worth thinking about, celebrating and imitating as well.