Good Friday Meditation: Psalm 22

This Good Friday I'm preaching on perhaps the most powerful passage regarding Jesus on the Cross. It's actually found in the Old Testament in Psalm 22. What I found amazing about this passage is that it is the psalm of David, a mixture of lament and celebration. But none of the details David describes are events that happened in his life. He was never crucified. And nothing David did caused the entire nation, much less the entire world to bow before the Lord. So this is clearly a Messianic passage, God superintending the lament of King David and employing David as a prophet to present a shadow of Christ on the cross (Acts 2:30). And beyond the cross, this psalm looks to the age of the church and the coming Kingdom, with its "already, not yet" view. I encourage you to read Psalm 22 this week and identify for yourself the...

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Courage at the Cross

At Gages Lake Bible Church, we’re going through the gospel of John. This Sunday, we’re finishing up chapter 19, covering verses 31-42. This is an interesting part of Scripture where John describes, with great detail, the burial of Jesus. There are great themes here with Jesus fulfilling prophecy even in his burial, the symbolism of water and blood (sanctification and justification) as well as the importance of Jesus actually being dead. If he wasn’t dead, He didn’t really rise and we are, as Paul says, “of all men most miserable” (1 Corinthians 15:19).

But there is a subtle secondary application, one that I didn’t catch until this time through John 19. It’s a great lesson on the real meaning of courage. Who really had courage at the cross? (Besides Jesus who willingly took the cup of God’s wrath?). Ironically it wasn’t the outwardly bold Peter. It wasn’t John who famously asked Jesus to call down fire on the bad people (Luke 9:54).