Friday, April 18, 2014

Annual Good Friday Post

I was on the radio talking with Bill Bennett this AM and got to share some of the following with about 4,000,000 people according to Nielsen
A lady called in after me to reinforce what I said and I had sparked a theological discussion!

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?
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?

Son of a gun! Look at this!
The Song Jesus Sang on the Cross
and this!

Did Jesus Die Singing?


  1. I listened to your broadcast with your buddy Bill :-) And I read this and the two's fascinating. It really SO WELL describes the answer to "why would Jesus have thought God was forsaking him?" I've always thought if this was THE PLAN, why the forsaking part on Jesus' lips?
    This just makes SENSE. It tells everyone there immediately that HE WAS THE SAVIOR discussed in Psalm 22. I find this utterly fascinating! Thanks, Ed!

  2. Thank you for alerting me to this post for today. I have to dash off to work and to pick up Mr. AOW from PT but will return later today or tomorrow to listen to and to read that all you've offered here.

  3. Wonderful ... just wonderful. Thank you for reposting.

    1. An honor to hear that from you, sir. Thank you.

  4. Amen. The Teacher never stopped teaching and the homework has been assigned. God Bless you my friend.

  5. Good stuff!

    Thanks for sharing it.

  6. Yes, the significance of our Lord uttering the first sentence of Psalm 22 has great significance.

    Thank you for posting this, Ed.

  7. By the way, not sure where my German stepchildren (adults) are with Christ, but I don't think it's good, sadly. Today, in the car, I told Alex about the point about Psalm 22 and your take on it and he seemed fascinated. Always good to have something to bring up, rather casually (I'm a BIG one for 'know your audience and be very appropriate to it') and I thank you for that.