Tonight we are in the midst of our journey of remembrance through the greatest week in the history of the Universe, Christ’s Passion Week:
He Came, He Died, He Rose
Paul explains the events of this week as the Gospel. Using nine words recorded in 1 Cor. 15:1-4, God explains to us what Jesus did.
On Good Friday, this is What He Did: on the Cross, Christ died for our sins. Please stand with me, follow along with me in God’s Word as we examine the summary God gives us of this great event, in this greatest week:
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 (NKJV) Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,
Tonight at this Good Friday communion we have gathered to remember that Jesus died for our sins. For our meditation this evening, turn back with me to the clearest and most amazing description of Christ’s death on the Cross for us in Psalm 22. Here we see God using David to describe how:
Jesus Was Horribly Crucified for Us
The awful details of His sufferings on the cross are portrayed graphically in the 22nd Psalm, written by David over 1,000 years before its fulfillment.
As I point out the details in Psalm 22, you can put your finger in the Gospels starting in Matthew 27:46, as we see what God perfectly described through David, was happening to Christ over a thousand years later.
Look how Psalm 22 begins:
Psalm 22:1 My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from helping Me, And from the words of My groaning?
This predicted event in Psalm 22, is directly recorded as happening by the eyewitness account in Matthew 27:46.
Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
Psalm 22 begins with Christ’s agonizing cry from the cross here in Matthew 27:46: “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?”
God Gave Amazingly Precise Details
Then the Psalm continues to unfold as each of the previous dreadful events on the Cross are detailed, as Christ’s suffering is captured. Here is a summary of what Psalm 22 describes:
• The unnatural darkness;
• The mocking of the priests at the foot of the cross;
• The cruelty by those passing by on the road who looked up, jeered, and mocked;
• The fact that even the thieves, both of them, were mocking Christ as He hung there.
Then Psalm 22 also captures the sufferings caused by the crucifixion process. These are also recorded in precise details:
• The piercing of His hands and feet;
• The stripping of His garments, and the gambling over His possessions;
• His awful thirst, and despite the intensity of His sufferings, none of His bones would be broken, is foretold.
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