Matthew Henry writes: "We must never be driven off from our duty either by the malice of our foes or the unkindness of our friends."
Wise words! Words I need to heed!
How often have I caved because of someone's cruelty? How often have I packed up my toys and headed home because someone didn't play nice with me? How often have I just given up on doing the caring thing because someone did an unkind thing?
Sadly, too many times.
Thankfully my Savior was and is much more tolerant and tenacious than I, or I'd still be dead in my sins!!
Think about it, the all-knowing Jesus knew full well that arrest and trial, mocking and scourging, even pain and death awaited Him from that place and from those people. There would be MUCH malice, but He would not be moved from His mission!
Jesus had come to die for His enemies and sacrifice Himself to save sinners - and nothing and no one would stop Him!!