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Lord's Day Liturgy

Hating the Results

One of the best plot points is when the villain doesn’t just get what’s coming to him, but when he gets what he meant for someone else. His plans come back to bite him. There’s a Robin Hood movie where Maid Marian stabs the Sheriff with a bejeweled knife he gave her. Haman was hung on the gallows he had built for Mordecai. He who digs a pit will fall into it, said the preacher in Ecclesiastes.

The rulers of the world, the spiritual authorities and the political ones—often in cahoots together—dug their own grave when they crucified the Lord of glory.

But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. (1 Corinthians 2:7–8 ESV)

They struck down the King of glory only to make Him more glorious. They killed Him only to watch Him resurrect to a better name.

We share this table in the presence of our enemies, and every bread received and cup rejoiced in reminds them of their foolishness. They hate the results of their own hatred, their murderous intent only shows off more majesty of the King. They do not know His love or His mercy, they do not know fellowship or eternal life. When they hear “Who is the King of glory?” they cannot rejoice like us.