Happy Resurrection Celebration, former procrastinators! Though we’re confined socially, we are truly free – free from the penalty and the power of sin because of our Savior, the Risen Jesus!
Some months ago I read an explanation regarding part of the crucifixion that is full of hope and encouragement. I share it with you now in celebration.
In the most excruciating death, Jesus cries out to His Father, “My God, my God why have you forsaken me?” I cannot imagine that ripping pain. in Anatomy of the Soul, Dr. Curt Thompson points out that Jesus’s cry of despair shows how focused on the Father Jesus was and how tightly He was clinging to Him.
Dr. Thompson explains that a rabbi would speak a phrase or verse as a way of bringing to mind a larger story or passage of scripture. Matthew records Jesus saying Psalm 22:1, but Jesus knew it all. Dr Thompson says it is likely Jesus “would focus on the beginning of a psalm that, when taken in its entirety, speaks ultimately not of God’s abandonment but rather his victory and vindication for the one who trusts in him.”
Jesus began “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me” to remind Himself to cling to the sure victory that was coming! Please read Psalm 22 and see the victory He saw.
“All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord… They will proclaim his righteousness, declaring to a people yet unborn: He has done it!”
What has the Resurrected Jesus done for you? What reminds you?