We have a phrase in English, to be “thrown under the bus.” What it means is for someone to take the blame for something they didn’t do. It’s a cliché that is not well liked by many people. Think about it. It’s a morbid idea to throw someone under a bus.
“Throwing someone under the bus” is just a another name for blame-shifting. You don’t want to get in trouble for whatever problem you created so you conveniently suggest that someone else caused it. Once you tell a lie to get yourself off the hook, you have to continue the lies to cover your tracks. (No pun intended)
Not nice ………. not nice ………. No one likes the view from under the bus.
So here’s the thing …………. we’ve all thrown someone under the bus. It was Jesus. Only in his case it was more like an eternal fleet of buses. He took the blame for every bad thought or action we ever did and every bad thought or deed we will do in the future.
John 11:49-52 (NIV)
49 Then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up, “You know nothing at all! 50 You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.”
51 He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, 52 and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one.
1 Peter 2:22-25 (NIV)
22 “He committed no sin,
and no deceit was found in his mouth.”
23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 25 For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
That Jesus would take the blame for our sin is one thing; that he would do it willingly without one word in his own defense is another. But he did, knowing full well what it meant.
Shouldn’t we be thankful?
Mugs up! It’s a new day with new challenges and new opportunities. Let’s make each one count! And, uh ………. let’s avoid the buses.