Thursday, October 4, 2012

From the Chair and the Psalm to the Hill and Him

“The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth them, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near unto them that are of a contrite heart, and will save such as be afflicted in spirit. Great are the troubles of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all. He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken. But malice shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous, shall perish. The Lord redeemeth the souls of His servants: and none that trust in Him, shall perish” (Psalm 34:17-22, Geneva Bible).

To find the “righteous” One Whose bones are not broken, we must leave the soft chair and cup of coffee where we’re reading our Psalms for the day...we must travel to Golgotha to find this righteous One.

“Now when Jesus had received of the vinegar, He said, ‘It is finished,’ and bowed His head, and gave up the ghost. The Jews then (because it was the Preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the Sabbath day: for that Sabbath was an high day) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken down. Then came the soldiers and brake the legs of the first, and of the other, which was crucified with Jesus. But when they came to Jesus, and saw that He was dead already, they brake not His legs. But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced His side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. And he that saw it, bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe it. For these things were done, that the Scripture should be fulfilled, ‘Not a bone of him shall be broken [Psalm 34:20]’” (John 19:30-36).

On Golgotha, darkness. On Golgotha, blood. On Golgotha, enemies. On Golgotha, death. Yet, God hears this One Whose bones are not broken. Through the darkness, through the blood, through the enemies, and yes, through the death, there is this promise: “...none that trust in Him, shall perish.” See the empty tomb. See the righteous One glorified and alive. Do you see yourself with Him?

Read John 6:53-58 (esp. vs. 56); 14:8-21 (esp. vs. 20); 15:1-10; 16:33; 17:1-26 (esp. vs. 21).

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