Love shares feelings…from the Cross

by Craig on April 4, 2012

What did Jesus think and feel on the cross? Alone. Psalm 22.source

Suspended from the Cross, Lord, You share incredibly rare insight into Your mind and heart through a thousand year old passage of Scripture…

Psalm 22.

You…
always God…
always with God…
felt alone.

Like being lost in the desert…
realizing every step makes you more so…
and the only sound is wind in your ears.

You call out and are answered only by the scalding breeze. (vv 2,3)

So what do You do in your deepest trial?

You praise God.

How can I not learn from that?

You are God, but for 33 years You laid aside so much of Your divinity, and were as human as any of us…and You direct praise…as man…to God. (v4)

You remember how Israel, when they were also lost and hearing nothing but the sound of the wind…

What did Jesus think and feel on the cross? Alone. Psalm 22.source

…they called out to their God. (vv5,6)

You couldn’t “feel” the Father…
but you knew He was there…
a perfect faith…

and I can only try to emulate it.

You realize it’s impossible to imagine feeling of less worth…
opposed, mocked, ridiculed, and naked for all the world to see… (vv 7-9)
and feeling alone you ask…

“do not stay far from me, for trouble is near, and there is no one to help.” (vv10-12)

You raise Your eyes and describe the scene before You…humans acting like beasts. (vv13,14)

You experience life ebbing…
pain in every joint…
and a heart always in touch…
with everyone and everything…
shriveling within. (vv15,18)

You can’t open Your mouth because it’s too dry. (v16)

You do not complain…you honestly share…no masks…no pretense.

No regret…but sorrow as guards divide Your garments, and those who shouted “Hosanna” now hurl insults that bruise like jagged stones. (vv 17-19)

You ask for deliverance while death tears into You and impales You.
You are clearly not asking for deliverance from the grave…

What did Jesus think and feel on the cross? Alone. Psalm 22.source

You prayed for the deliverance of Your soul. (vv20-22).

Our Lord, our God…

You…

have…

a soul.

And You know…though You are dying…
that You will live to speak again…
and Your living words will bring life…

and there must be some solace in this. (vv23-24, 26)

You will be able to say that though God may have looked away, He “heard me when I cried out”. (v25) And from the vantage point of the Cross you see how death will have no victory over generations to come…and it is there you must find your final consolation, contentment, and comfort. (vv26-32)

Nowhere in Scripture do we get a more complete recitation of Your feelings on the Cross…only because You saw to it that they were recorded a thousand years before.

When do You not think about what we need to hear?

And for You then…

and for us now…

Easter…

is only days away.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

A. April 4, 2012 at 10:03 am

“So what do you do in your deepest trial? You praise God.”

Craig, that really jumps out at me today and convicts me deep. And, as you ask, how could we do any less?

Thank you for this. So I praise God that He hears our cries, and,….and….I pray for you, too, in your thorn-riddenness, that you will be able-just this day-to rise high above it somehow-or, that this will be the day that He removes the thorn, if He views that as best.

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Craig April 4, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Sadly, A., We COULD do less – and often, OFTEN do. What do I do, other then the right thing? You’ve read me enough to guess – so don’t read this next part until you do….

Okay – have you guessed?

I hide/isolate
I pretend everything is okay – but inside worry, worry, worry.
I try to fix everything all on my own – as if God ISN’T there, even though I pray as if he is.

There are obviously a whole lot of things we could do wrong – besides what Jesus does here correctly. Maybe praise should be the first answer to a lot of things. Anyway, about the thorn – you know how I feel about it. We’ll see. TODAYS a good day though ツ

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A. April 4, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Craig, I isolate, too. I am not surprised you do…I guessed right, but I sure do understand. It just feels so much safer, and more private…less vulnerable. I get that, for sure. And yes, why don’t I think to pray first, before I try to fix it or just ruminate over it? I am so glad you shared even this, because it is making me go to prayer NOW for some things I was just going to ‘trust for’.

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Stacy April 4, 2012 at 10:34 am

This is the one moment out of all the others that always “gets to me.” Of all the sacrifices Jesus made, to me it seems that one short moment when God turned his face because of the ugliness of all the world’s sin…..that would have been the absolute worst.

Thank you for expressing it so beautifully today and sharing the lesson to learn from it. I pray are blessed these next few days leading up to Easter.

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Craig April 4, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Now, Stacy, you have me thinking about what the ONE moment that gets to me is. It could be this one – it could be meeting his mom on the way to the cross – it could be the betrayal – it could be Peter denying him, because I know I have – it could be Thomas missing in action for the resurrection, hiding, figuring things out, ALONE – there are so many – I’m not sure if I can pick one. Anyway, I hope you’re blessed in these next few days leading up to Easter as well!

PS. Stop making me think! ツ

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Michele-Lyn April 4, 2012 at 3:20 pm

I love how you take scripture and you write it in such a way, with your words from your devoted heart woven throughout… and it compels us to want to know this Word more and draw nearer to God..

Thank you for this… blessings to you.

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Craig April 4, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Thank you for those kind words Michele-Lyn. They are too, TOO nice for me to add anything onto them. Just thank you, that’s all. And blessings to you too!

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Christina April 4, 2012 at 3:34 pm

‘For the joy set before Him…’ So thankful for His sacrifice and that love overcomes death. Blessings to you!

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Craig April 4, 2012 at 3:41 pm

I actually thought that Ann was changing her her topic this week – to just a post that prepares us for Easter – not centered on “sacrifice” – although this is STILL kind of about His sacrifice. I still have one station of the cross to cover – that would have gone here instead. ANd about those Stations – I”m not going to write about the 13th and 14th – I made a silly joke between myself and God as I was writing about the stations of the cross – about who in the world would come up with the number 14 – there should be three, or seven, or 12, or 49 – but 14 is a weird number – so I told him I’d be comfortable stopping at 12 ツ – besides, my fast only lasted long enough for 12 ツanyway, we would be only partially dressed up – and have nowhere to go anyway, if not for his sacrifice. God bless you Christina!

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Cora April 4, 2012 at 4:00 pm

In my deepest trials??? I hide, too. And I pretend I’m strong. And I put on this pastey smile. And I say all the right things. I might even do a little praise, but with the heart of a Pharasee. Deep inside, I’m afraid of trials, see them as punishments, blame myself, and. . . . yes, worry a lot. You would think at this age I would figure it out that worrying gets me nowhere. I’ve never had one profitable thing come from worrying. Praise??? now that’s a different thing. If only I would remember to change the channel, get my feet secure on the those sure footings and just shout my praises.

I love Psalm 22. Perhaps because it was written so long BEFORE it all happened to our Saviour. And I loved your walk through it, Craig. The picture of the desert footprints??? They are probably mine. I’ve often said that I’m a permanent dweller of the desert places!

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Craig April 4, 2012 at 4:21 pm

I’m going to keep this very short, and very simple, I could do nothing but nod my head and smiled as I read everything you wrote – because your reaction? That’s me. siblings lost at birth or something. That is all ツ

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Nacole@sixinthesticks April 4, 2012 at 8:07 pm

nodding, and tearing up, Cora. yes.

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Nacole@sixinthesticks April 4, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Craig! i love this–absolutely. see? i TOLD you i would be here as often as i can…i cant help it. and this is what we talked about the other day…you know, about how Jesus felt pain when the Father turned his face away…im totally with you on Peter denying or Thomas hiding…hmm…so many hard things about is journey…this inspires me to get out our copy of The Passion and watch with my family. i encourage you to watch if you have never seen it.

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Craig April 5, 2012 at 4:05 pm

I’m a stickler for solid theology – and sometimes I get a little worried when we talk of how The Father was “separated” from Jesus when he took upon himself the penalty of our sin. God can never be separated from God. It’s a really important theological point. God, if he is God, can never be less than, or more than what he is. I made this mistake a lot growing up in my theology. and I know it doesn’t seem that important – but it kind of is – that’s where you get what I consider to be heresies from – and I’ll come right out and say it – Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, who both deny that Jesus is God. Anyway, I’m way off track here – I heart your faith – I heart how you feel your faith and live your faith – I heart you study your faith – I heart your deep spiritual insight and sensitivity – I want to make sure that you don’t think I’m pointing a finger at you – I’m pointing it at everybody – myself included. Anyway, thank you Nacole. I’d really miss you if you just disappeared my friend. ツ

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Dawn April 4, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Jesus had a soul! Of course He did, but I never thought about it before. His is the only soul that never needed saved.

I can’t watch the Passion, Nacole. It’s like watching the Wounded Warrior infomercials on Foxx or the Humane Society appeals. I have to switch the channels. We are all so different in so many ways.

Good night, All,
Dawn

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Craig April 5, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Dawn – I never thought about that before writing this today either. Actually I almost didn’t put it in because it seemed such a bold theological statement. I didn’t want to make it in error. I don’t know how it works – but our God, our God in Trinity, our God has a soul, because Jesus was human, and Jesus had a soul, and Jesus was God, and is God, and has always been God. It’s a really intensely deep theological thought – the kind you can get in trouble thinking about too much. It was actually a scary thing for me to write – and I prayed about it a lot as I was writing this. Anyway, I miss you when you’re not here, I need details, maybe by e-mail, about your job search, and other stuff. God bless you my friend – and the muttlies.

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