The Jesus Code: “Forsaken!” + LINKUP

 

The Jesus Code

Chapter 36 The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.

 

This week’s question: “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27.46).

Today’s question contains some of the last words of our Savior as He hung dying on the cross. He spoke seven times from the time the soldiers dropped that cross into a hole on Calvary until He died.

The first was a prayer, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do” (Luke 23.24). Jesus lived out what He preached in Matthew 5 when He commanded us to “love our enemies” and “pray for those who persecute [us].”

He next statement was a promise to another dying man, one of the thieves who hung on either side of Him. “Today you will be with Me in Paradise” (Luke 23.43). That man had come to understand what we all must, if we are to spend eternity with Jesus:

  • That we are sinners who deserve to die.
  • That Jesus was without sin and who He claimed to be.
  • That the penalty for sin is death.
  • That God alone can offer us forgiveness and grace.

His next words were a pronouncement. “Woman, behold your son” (John 19.26). The author:

Seeing His mother, Mary, standing alongside His disciple John, Jesus commended her into John’s care. Yes, Jesus died taking care of others. Significantly, He referred to her as “Woman,” an indication that He was now severing all earthly ties. He would no longer be her son; now He would be her Savior.

Then came the darkness that, after three hours, was pierced with the haunting words of a prophecy: “My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Psalm 22:1). And after the darkness, three quick words. First, a plea: “I thirst!” (John 19: 28), revealing the human side of our Lord. Next came the proclamation: “It is finished!” (John 19: 30). The Greek word means “to be paid in full.” Jesus didn’t go to the cross to make a small down payment for our sin; He paid our sin debt in full. Finally came His last word, a profession: “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit” (Luke 23: 46). And Jesus died.

But why was Jesus forsaken by His Father when we know that God does not forsake His people? Continue reading

February 12 “More Than Enough”

What would happen if God’s people freely gave of all the gifts and abilities He has so graciously provided? Would there once again be more than enough, or even, too much as there was in Moses’ time?

Today’s Readings:
Exodus 35 & 36
Psalm 22.1-8
Proverbs 8.6-11
Matthew 26.26-50

Exodus 35 & Exodus 36:

All who had willing hearts

Several things in these two chapters caught my attention. First in chapter 35:

22 They came, both men and women, as many as had a willing heart, and brought earrings and nose rings, rings and necklaces, all jewelry of gold, that is, every man who made an offering of gold to the LORD. 23 And every man, with whom was found blue, purple, and scarlet thread, fine linen, goats’ hair, red skins of rams, and badger skins, brought them. 24 Everyone who offered an offering of silver or bronze brought the LORD’s offering. And everyone with whom was found acacia wood for any work of the service, brought it. 25 All the women who were gifted artisans spun yarn with their hands, and brought what they had spun, of blue, purple, and scarlet, and fine linen. 26 And all the women whose hearts stirred with wisdom spun yarn of goats’ hair. 27 The rulers brought onyx stones, and the stones to be set in the ephod and in the breastplate, 28 and spices and oil for the light, for the anointing oil, and for the sweet incense. 29 The children of Israel brought a freewill offering to the LORD, all the men and women whose hearts were willing to bring material for all kinds of work which the LORD, by the hand of Moses, had commanded to be done. Continue reading