Posted By Ed B

I posted this a couple years ago. Updated.

I want to share a cool thing with you.
If you're not a Christian, please read anyway, because it never hurts to have a little information about what those whackos around you believe.

A few people know that Psalm 22 is a description of the crucifixion of Jesus that was written hundreds of years before the event.
David saw it in a vision and it shakes him up so much that he starts out with:

My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?

Many Christians have been taught that, as He was crucified, Jesus was crying this out out to His Father in heaven, because the Father could not bear to look on Jesus, our scapegoat.
That He was separated from the Father.
That Jesus was a curse (and the Father could not be in fellowship with Jesus because it would violate His holiness) because Jesus was carrying the penalty of the sins of the world.

Give me a break.

<< 1 Corinthians 12:3 >> Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed.

Jesus and the Father had this worked out since before the universe was created, and at the last minute The All-Powerful Ruler of More than the Universe flinches?

No.
If the Father and the Son (who with the Spirit are referred to as the "Godhead" in perfect unity) ever separated, I believe the universe would crumble.
As you read the gospels, particularly John's, you see that the Pharisees (some of them, like Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea, were good guys, by the way) were asking Jesus for a sign that he was the Messiah. He continually answered them that when they saw Him lifted up, that would be their sign.

Here He is, lifted up in front of them. He's surrounded by "strong bulls" (prison slang for guards), and the crowd is taunting Him. It's the scene predicted in Psalm 22 .

Then He quotes the first verse.

And they know the rest.

Can you imagine the look on their face when they get it?

Do you get it?


 
7 Comment(s):
Z said...
Ed, but there is this ..."For our sake he made him to be sin who did not know sin, so that we might become the righteousness of God in him." - 2 Cor 5:21
April 13, 2012 12:56:42
 
Ed said...
Z: Thanks for checking. If he'd "become sin" he'd be "accursed", right? "Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed."
April 7, 2012 08:09:02
 
Z said...
Well, I spoke to my pastor tonight after the service about it and it's apparently not new theology, as you suggest, but he says more theologians think Jesus was separated from God BECAUSE he'd "become sin"...but, heck, one can't deny the Psalm 22 reference, right? And how that might have affected the Sanhedrin who heard him on the cross! I still like the Psalm 22 reference more :-) I guess the biggest thing we as Christians must accept is MYSTERY...God knows more than we do, right? thanks, Ed.
April 7, 2012 02:44:11
 
Ed said...
Thank you NFO!
April 6, 2012 08:38:00
 
Old NFO said...
Well done Sir.
April 6, 2012 07:36:46
 
Ed said...
Thanks Zee. That means a lot to me. I didn't figure this out. It came to me while teaching a few years ago. I've mentioned it to a few Christian Christian radio personalities here in Detroit and they got it on air. A friend's pastor 60 miles from here got it about the same time I did. I'd like to see more exposed to it.
April 6, 2012 06:05:32
 
Z said...
Oh, my GOSH! So you think Jesus said those words because they'd been foretold in Psalm 22 and then they 'got it'? That's fascinating, and a much more understandable explanation than we've all heard, which you eloquently mention here. WOW....well, he WAS pierced in the side, as foretold, he did die on Passover night, the lamb slaughtered as it were... WHY NOT? I think that's an excellent idea you have there and I've studied a LOT, and even lead a core group at a very large bible study, but have never heard that suggestion. I LIKE IT..makes sense! Happy Easter, I hope you'll be blessed by my Passover and Easter blogs this weekend, Ed. I was blessed by this one! xxz
April 6, 2012 02:37:49
 
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