Father, Father, Why have you forsaken me?

Father, Father, Why have you forsaken me?

Psalm 22:1; Psalm 31:5

 

Last night after Wednesday evening service, I was privileged to participate in a conversation about God’s Word. Now there were a few conversations, but one specifically spoke to me to cover this morning.

 

The question posed was: why did Jesus say: Father, Father, why have you forsaken me?

 

I am sure this is something that we have all wondered at some point. So in order to answer, let’s take a journey through the teachings of Jesus (a quick one). Jesus often taught from the Scriptures (what you and I would call the Old Testament). When doing so, He would quote specific things, and leave out the stuff after commas. When doing this, it was because He was teaching that He is the fulfillment of the Scripture.

 

SO when Jesus was on the cross and he cried out those words, He was still teaching from Scripture. Specifically Psalm 22:1, which reads: “My God, My God, why have you abandoned me?” The beautiful thing about this Psalm is that it is a Psalm that goes from suffering to praise! Isn’t that beautiful! Jesus was suffering on the cross, the disciples were suffering in the unknown and uncertainty, there was pain in the loss of Jesus, and yet in just a few short days there would be praise! The cross meant to kill is our victory!

 

Take this further when Jesus spoke His last words: into your hands I commit my spirit. This is a quote from Psalm 31:5!

 

Now tell me how awesome God is! Jesus IS the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy! Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus is our Savior. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life! And, my friends, Jesus is calling for you today!

 

In Christ,

Pastor Jacob


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Here I am. Send me.

Here I am. Send Me.

Isaiah 6

 

Imagine, if at all possible, what it would be like to be pulled into the presence of the Lord. I imagine it would be awesome; though I am not referring to the same miniscule level of awesomeness that we often cheapen the word to mean. I mean it would be awe-striking. The very essence of the word itself, to be placed in a state of awe. TO bear witness to the glory of the Lord, no words could describe.

This is exactly what happens to Isaiah, as the Lord grants him a vision. Isaiah sees the Lord seated on a “high and lofty” throne, the train of His robe filled the temple.  Above Him are angels with 6 mighty wings: with 2 they cover their faces, with 2 they cover their feet, and with 2 they fly! The angels sing out: holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Armies; His glory fills the whole earth. As the voices of the angels bellowed, the temple shook.

 

The beautiful thing about Isaiah is that he was deeply aware of his sinful nature. He says that he is ruined (meaning his death is near) because he is sinful, lives among sinful people, and his eyes have now seen the King, the Lord of Armies.

Even if you were not as intimately aware of your sinfulness, being in the presence of the Lord would instantaneously make you aware of your sinfulness. The question this possess for us to answer is this: are you aware of your sinfulness, your need for salvation, and the magnitude of which the Lord has covered your sins?

 

Now imagine further: the Lord calls out, “who shall I send? Who will go for us?”

OH I would be remise if I did not point out the Trinity shining here! Who shall I send – Unity; who will go for us – Trinity!

 

 

Isaiah instantly responds: Here I am. Send me!

 

Notice that Isaiah didn’t wait to hear the errand that would be ran. He did not wait to hear the mission. He didn’t know the destination, the task, or any details. The only thing Isaiah knew was that God was seeking someone to go. Perhaps if Isaiah knew, he would not go.

 

DO you hear the voice of God calling out: who shall I send? What is your response? Perhaps the question is asked differently, it often is. Often the question is placed upon you as a burden: why doesn’t someone do X to fix the issue; or perhaps, why hasn’t someone started X ministry! This is God calling out: will you stand up, will you start this ministry?

 

What is God calling in your life today?

 

In Christ,

Pastor Jacob


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Peace

Peace be with you

John 20:19-22

 

In John 18 we read about Peter denying Jesus 3 times. Perhaps this is a story with which you are familiar. Peter is the disciple that always seems ready to go, ready for a fight, and tends to jump before thinking (seriously, he chopped off a mans ear). This same, ready to fight for Jesus Peter, is the same that denied knowing Jesus!

 

Now let’s get back to John 20.  Remember, this is after the denial, after the crucifixion, after the empty tomb, and the disciples are locked in a room because they “feared the Jews”.

 

Jesus suddenly appears in their midst. What does He say? Simple: Peace be with you. He then showed the disciples His hands and side, told them He was sending them as He was sent, and then: “He breathed on them and said, receive the Holy Spirit”.

 

Jesus did not criticize Peter. He did not beat him down, look at him less, or do anything of the sort. Instead Jesus shows up with the message of Peace, and gave the gift of the Holy Spirit.

 

What about your life? Have you been following Jesus the way you planned? Or perhaps you stumbled and are living in a way that denies Jesus? Today you can change and get back on track. Jesus is not going to hold it against you! Look at how He enters back into the life of Peter, and proclaims PEACE!

 

I pray that you would let the peace of the Lord shine in your life, calm your trouble, ease your spirit, and gently beckon you into a deeper fellowship with Him.

 

In Christ,

Pastor Jacob  


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Two Foundations

Two Foundations

Matt 7:24-29

 

24 “Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn’t collapse, because its foundation was on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and doesn’t act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 The rain fell, the rivers rose, the winds blew and pounded that house, and it collapsed. It collapsed with a great crash.”

28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, 29 because he was teaching them like one who had authority, and not like their scribes.

When Jesus taught, his lessons were often ultimatums. Basically what He said was it is my way or the highway, but often He did it in a much more gentle way. Here we find no mincing of words; instead, He teaches with “authority, and not like a scribe”.

Jesus tells us that as we listen to His words, we have two options: act on them, or do not. To make His point clear, He uses an illustration that we are all familiar with in some manner. Most people understand the structural difference between rock and sand.

Jesus says hearing His words and acting upon them is wise, even if you are not wise. He says you will be like a “wise man who built his house on the rock”. This stands in start opposition to being “a foolish man who built his house on the sand”. If your foundation is no good, it doesn’t matter if you build your house out of straw, sticks, or even bricks, because when the big bad wolf called challenge comes strolling along, your house will come crumbling down!

Jesus says listen to His words and build your home on the sure foundation, the Rock: that is Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the Son of God (Matt 16:16). When your foundation is Rock solid, trials and tribulations will not cause your foundation to give a millimeter!

It is like the old Hymn: On Christ the solid rock I stand

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name

On Christ, the solid rock, I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground is sinking sand

 

In Christ,

Pastor Jacob

 


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2 Kings 4:32-34

 

2 Kings 4:32-34

 

32 When Elisha got to the house, he discovered the boy lying dead on his bed. 33 So he went in, closed the door behind the two of them, and prayed to the Lord. 34 Then he went up and lay on the boy: he put mouth to mouth, eye to eye, hand to hand. While he bent down over him, the boy’s flesh became warm.

 

The background to these verses is interesting. One day Elisha went to Shunem and was persuaded by a prominent women to join her and her husband for a meal. This couple had no children of their own, but, being wealthy, they had an extra room that they turned into a guest room so that Elisha had a place to stay on his journey through the area. In  response to this kindness, Elisha wanted to bless the woman for her hospitality and kindness. Since the couple had no children, the prophet blessed the family with a son. 2 Kings 4:15-16 read, “15 “Call her,” Elisha said. So Gehazi called her, and she stood in the doorway. 16 Elisha said, “At this time next year you will have a son in your arms.”

 

Of course the prophecy came true. The child grew and one day was out helping his father in the field when tragedy struck. He complained about his head hurting and was taken to his mother. The boy sat in his mother’s lap until noon, then died. Tragedy. The promised son was taken. The mother was heartbroken. 

 

Now we can pick up with these verses. It seems odd that Elisha would lay on the boy, mouth to mouth, eye to eye, hand to hand. Imagine that sight. I guess it would seem more than odd, perhaps down right uncomfortable. But let’s not stop at initial thought. 

 

The reality is that Elisha was God’s messenger and worker here on earth. So let us see what God was doing, what is God trying to tell us. 

 

God is close. Now that should be an understanding, however, the closeness is demonstrated in such a way that you can picture the closeness of God. He is intimately close to you. He knows your problem, knows your heart, feels your heartbeat, peers into your eyes. The Bible says that God knows us better than we know ourselves. 

 

I think what God wants us to realize is that when we are hurting, God is there in a manner we cannot even perceive. Notice that “the boy’s flesh became warm”. What stands out is that the boy was warmed by the body of Elisha. He was clearly “dead cold”.

 

This is an amazing image, shown right in front of us about how we are brought from death to life. Before we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. While we were still dead in sin, God, through the Holy Spirit, was working to “warm us”. By that I mean to convict us so that we would accept the offer of salvation and be brought from death to life! 

The boy became warm and woke up! He sneezed 7 times then opened his eyes. 

 

The result was the woman worshiping at the feet of Elisha, who was the representation of God! When someone moves from death to life, other people will recognize the power of the Lord and will worship! 

 

In Christ,

Pastor Jacob 

 


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