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Messages from the Cross

April 4, 2016

John 8:29

“… And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.”

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This morning I read a powerful commentary on Psalm 22. The theme of this Psalm is the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ. There is so much we could share and discuss here, this Psalm is referred to by many scholars as holy ground. So I tread through here with deep and utter reverence. I ask you to do the same.

The above verse was a side note from the commentary, but it really grabbed my heart. I wanted to expand this verse into two powerful themes. The first part, from the commentary. The second part is more about what I have been meditating on and wrestling with myself.

“And He who sent me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone…”

These are the words of Jesus. Jesus said these words before the cross. Yet Jesus knew that there would come a time to carry the sins of the world, and in that time God would forsake Him. This is the only time God turns His back on His Son. The weight, pressure, fear and suffering must have been unbearable. Yet Jesus endured it for us all. He knew that was the only way God would be revealed to us, and that was the only way we could be redeemed.

I believe if we can really grasp this first point, and believe it for our own lives, the second part becomes a lot more natural.

Let me quote what the commentary says from Dr. J. Vernon McGee about this topic of being forsaken.

“Forsaken. My friend, you do not know what that is; and I do not know what it is to be forsaken of God. The vilest man on this earth today is not forsaken of God. Anyone can turn to Him. But when Christ takes my sin upon Himself, He is forsaken of God.”

Thru the Bible with J. Vernon McGee, p. 707, Psalm 22

“…for I always do those things that please Him.”

This second part is something that has been tugging my heart recently. Obedience.

There is another verse that has been on my heart that I feel bonds directly with this one:

1 Peter 1:15-16

but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”

I honestly want to study more on what this looks like, what this means personally and what this means to God. But right now these two verses seem to marry together. Obedience to God in all things, and being holy because He is holy.

That is a powerful commandment that will take a lifetime to achieve completely. But my hope and prayer for us all, is that each day we desire holiness more. As we learn to seek God more intimately and deeply we yearn for more of His grace to continue His work in us.

Father in Heaven pour your grace into every soul here, that we may be able to say: i always do those things that please You. In Jesus name, Amen.

 

 

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