Holy Week 2013 – Good Friday

29 Mar

Psalm 22:25-31
From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly; before those who fear you will I fulfil my vows. The poor will eat and be satisfied; they who seek the Lord will praise him – may your hearts live forever! All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations. All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before him – those who cannot keep themselves alive. Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord. They will proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn – for he has done it.

David carries on from yesterday’s promise of praising God and declaring His name to all around him, declaring how the world will respond to knowing what God has done. We see hints towards Jesus’ teachings with the suggestion of the poor eating and being satisfied, that God will provide for them. People who try to find God will do so and praise Him. The whole world will remember God and recognise Him as ruler of all. And this recognition of God will go from generation to generation; recognition that God has saved.

And we see this sentiment repeated in Jesus’ ministry. As I have already commented, we see a hint of Jesus’ teaching on feeding to satisfaction. We also see hints to some of what we also see in John’s vision of the new Heaven and new Earth in Revelation 21. The imagery is of perfection, of things being as they should be. And, as David rightly says, it is because God has done it. God, in the form of Jesus, came to earth and died, taking the punishment that we deserve upon himself, even though He had never sinned. And, as He died, he uttered these words:
It is finished.

Jesus knew the price that had to be paid and He knows what happens because of it. He knew the pain, but He also knew what we can all now look forward to: an eternity in paradise. All because He did it!



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