Bystanders like to talk.

Bystanders don’t care about your suffering.

Bystanders like to “wait and see” what happens.

Mark 15:35, “Some bystanders misunderstood and thought he was calling for the prophet Elijah. One of them ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, holding it up to him on a reed stick so he could drink. “Wait!” he said. “Let’s see whether Elijah comes to take him down.” NLT

The sour wine was a mild pain-killer. Crucifixion could take hours or days. In order to breathe, the men had to push up on their feet which were nailed to the cross. When they could no longer push up, they died of suffocation.

That is why they broke the legs of the other two men on crosses. They wanted it to be over before they celebrated Passover.

Jesus ignored the bystanders. He kept his eyes on God until the very end.

The hardest part of a trial or test is when you hear the bystanders. Follow the example of Jesus – keep looking to God.

It’s Friday; it looked hopeless, but Sunday’s coming!

Dear Father God,

Help me to never be a “bystander.” Help me to keep quiet and to pray for those who are suffering. Help me to keep my eyes on You, just as Jesus did. Help me to trust You, regardless of appearances. 

In Jesus Name,


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