Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 24, 2018

“All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD” – “He has performed it.”

Today’s devotion comes from Matthew 27:27-56.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+27&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole Roman cohort around Him.  They stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him.  And after twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand;  and they knelt down before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”  They spat on Him, and took the reed and began to beat Him on the head.  After they had mocked Him, they took the scarlet robe off Him and put His own garments back on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him.

As they were coming out, they found a man of Cyrene named Simon, whom they pressed into service to bear His cross.

And when they came to a place called Golgotha, which means Place of a Skull, they gave Him wine to drink mixed with gall;  and after tasting it, He was unwilling to drink.

And when they had crucified Him, they divided up His garments among themselves by casting lots.  And sitting down, they began to keep watch over Him there.  And above His head they put up the charge against Him which read, “THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.”

At that time two robbers *were crucified with Him, one on the right and one on the left.  And those passing by were hurling abuse at Him, wagging their heads and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself!  If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”  In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking Him and saying, “He saved others;  He cannot save Himself.  He is the King of Israel;  let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe in Him.  HE TRUSTS IN GOD;  LET GOD RESCUE HIM NOW, IF HE DELIGHTS IN HIM;  for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” The robbers who had been crucified with Him were also insulting Him with the same words.

Now from the sixth hour darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour.  About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “ELI, ELI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?” that is, “MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?”  And some of those who were standing there, when they heard it, began saying, “This man is calling for Elijah.”  Immediately one of them ran, and taking a sponge, he filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and gave Him a drink.  But the rest of them said, “Let us see whether Elijah will come to save Him.”  And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.”  Matthew 27:27-50.

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Today’s Scripture, especially verse 46 which includes Jesus’ cry of anguish:  “MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?”, reminds us of the Messianic Psalm chapter 22.

It certainly appeared to the witnesses of these events that God had forsaken Jesus.

“But all this has taken place to fulfill the Scriptures of the prophets.”  …”  Matthew 26:56.

But, God certainly did not forsake Jesus.  God resurrected and exalted Jesus.

In his cry of anguish, Jesus quoted the first verse of Psalm chapter 22 and also knew the following conclusion of Psalm chapter 22 which was available to help give Him strength to endure by knowing the purpose of God for His suffering, namely, the salvation of many.

“27 All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD,
And all the families of the nations will worship before You.
28 For the kingdom is the LORD’S
And He rules over the nations.
29 All the prosperous of the earth will eat and worship,
All those who go down to the dust will bow before Him,
Even he who cannot keep his soul alive.
30 Posterity will serve Him;
It will be told of the Lord to the coming generation.
31 They will come and will declare His righteousness
To a people who will be born, that He has performed it.”  Psalm 22:27-31.


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