Walk Towards Easter. 28.
‘ And at 3 in the afternoon, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ” Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthan?” Which means, ” My God, My God why have you forsaken me?”
Q. How do you feel about the Passion of the Christ? What do you think is happening in this moment?
‘ My God, My God! Why have you forsaken me? Why do you remain so distant? Why do you ignore my cries for help?’ Psalm 22:1
This is heartbreaking, Jesus crying out to His Father, in His greatest hour of need, to be met with silence, an intense silence. For the first time in His earthly life He could not feel His Fathers presence. Surrounded by hostility and mockers, Jesus in His darkest moment was totally alone. After enduring horrific pain and humiliation Jesus had come to the end of himself. He was spent, the weight of the world’s sin resting upon His shoulders, the darkness closing in around Him. God allowed Him to feel the angst of our separation from God , to experience our human condition in its fullest. Jesus cried out as a man, desperate for help. This is why He knows our every sorrow, every burden, every shame. There is nothing in this life that we experience, no trauma or trial that He does not understand. He waded through death.
The foot of the cross is where I choose to lay my life. He gave His all for me .
Walk Towards Easter . 16
And He took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them,and they all drank from it. And He said to them, ” This is my blood , poured out for many, sealing the covenant between God and his people.”
Q. What does the Passover meal teach you about the death of Jesus ?(Exodus 12)
How do you feel about His words?
The imagery in the Story of The Passover in Exodus depicts Grace immeasurable. Families gathered sharing a meal, and in their choosing to believe and obey, their doors marked by sacrificial blood, death passes over them. They are delivered and embark on a journey of faith, a journey that was to change their lives and shape their destiny.
Now we have a new imagery of Grace immeasurable. Jesus sealing the new Covenant with His sacrifice. Once and for all, for each and every one who chooses to believe, death passes over and the light of eternity shines bright and beautiful . The door posts of our lives marked with Him.
What an incredible privilege it is to be able to share communion. To come to the Lords table in remembrance of Jesus sacrifice. To be able to partake of the bread and wine, carrying all of our burdens and placing them at the foot of The Cross, where our sins are forgiven , and we are marked with our true destiny.
All we have to do is choose to go on the journey . He has done it all. He will pick us up and carry us to His table.