by Jon Reeverts
“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
READ Matthew 27:42-46
There are some places in the Bible that seem so contradictory - The link above lists 87 verses in which God specifies that we have the assurance that we can trust Him.
But, at the most significant turning point in history, Jesus seems to shout out that that is not true. What do we do with that?
Really, it’s simple.
Have you ever caught yourself humming a tune from your childhood… Like crazy old tunes…
Who was bringing up three very lovely girls….
Can you continue that tune?
The Brady Bunch. It was written in 1972!
Sometimes you want to go
Where everybody knows your name….
How about this one?
Just sit right back
And you'll hear a tale
A tale of a fateful trip,
That started from this tropic port,
Aboard this tiny ship.
And this one?
1964! Gilligan’s Island
More than 150 years old!
What’s the point? Well, this. Every Hebrew boy grew up memorizing the first five books of the Old Covenant - Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy and Joshua as well as Psalms and Proverbs, and the prophets.
So what? Well, who is at the cross watching, gloating and celebrating Jesus’s crucifixion?
The Pharisees! Do they know the scriptures? Indeed, they have them memorized.
We almost always find Jesus’s words from the cross quoted from Matthew. But where do they come from… READ PSALM 22
It begins, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
How does this song continue? It’s the picture of His crucifixion written a thousand years before Christ GAVE Himself for us.
It also ends as a victory/assurance dance. But don’t stop the music … READ PSALM 23.
“The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall not want,” Hey Pharisees, Saducees, Rulers, Scribes, Keepers of the Law! I NEED NOTHING - even though I’m hanging from a cross!
Why, because I know the end of the story.
During crucifixion, Jesus couldn’t speak a dialogue or debate with his persecutors, but He also didn’t need to - they knew the tune. Sometimes less is more!
Imagine their “Oh, _ _it!” Moment, as he sets the tune in motion in their heads that they can’t get out of their minds.
Keep going… READ PSALM 24, and arrive here…
OPEN THE GATES! That the KING OF GLORY MAY COME IN!
Too often, we are sold the idea: God will not leave or forsake us; except, He did that to His Son. I can’t buy that! It’s a bad explanation and at worst, a lie to think that we are co-heirs with Jesus Christ, but, we can’t trust God in this life, in the height of our trouble or in the inheritance that He promises. That sounds like a lie from the Garden, when Satan, the father of lies, sold Adam and Eve the bill of goods that God could not be trusted and was holding out on them.
Go back to the scriptures linked at the start of this blog - study them - put your name in them. Accept them and Own them! Re-read Psalm 22, 23 and 24 in context; I guarantee, it will change the way you think about Easter and the Life that is promised to you!
Finally, read yourself into Psalm 25 - The believer's victory and compare it to Romans 8. We have a new life because of our Savior's finished work at the cross - a new nature - a divine nature [2 Peter 1:3-11] that brings us to the newness of life. [Colossians 3]
And all God’s children said, “AMEN!”
Now listen to this song:
I Am Who You Say I Am and it matters because You will not forsake me!