DAILY READINGS: Deut. 25:1-26:15; Jonah 3:1-4:11; Luke 13:1-21
Then they said, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they struck Him with their hands. John 19:3, NKJV
As they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” So they…worshiped Him. Matthew 28:9, NKJV
The Greek word translated “Hail” is often rendered “rejoice.” Pilate had Christ scourged and then his soldiers rejoiced to bash the King of the Jews. In contrast, when the risen Christ met the women leaving his tomb, He said “rejoice” and they worshipped Him. When Christ meets with His people, there is rejoicing and worship, but a cold outcome occurs when He is with those who do not appreciate Him. How are we gathering? —W. A. H.
Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, all ye that are upright in heart;
And ye that have made Him your choice, bid sadness and sorrow depart. —Mary E. Servoss