LHM Lenten Devotion – April 7, 2014 “The Turning Point”

 

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By Reverend Wayne Palmer

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“The Turning Point”

April 7, 2014


Lenten devo cover 2014Read Psalm 18TEXT: Save me from the mouth of the lion! You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen (Psalm 22:21).

Jesus is still focused on His Father as He makes His last reference to His enemies. In the previous verse He pleaded, “Deliver my soul from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dog!” Now He pleads for His Father to save Him from the mouth of the lion and rescue Him from the horns of the wild oxen. These wild oxen put us in mind of the savage bulls, the first deadly animals David mentioned in verse 12.

But if you look carefully at that last phrase, “You have rescued Me from the horns of the wild oxen,” you will notice Jesus has turned a corner. He is no longer pleading, “Please rescue Me,” nor is He making a bold prediction for the future: “You will rescue Me.” Rather, He is asserting the rescue has already taken place, “You have rescued Me.”

This marks the turning point in Jesus’ crucifixion. It is as though a sunbeam has pierced the thick darkness that surrounded Jesus while He was forsaken by His Father. In the next few days we will interrupt our study of Psalm 22 to return to the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ death to see how the Father’s rescue of His Son can be seen in His last three sayings from the cross.

THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus Christ, You drank the cup of Your Father’s wrath down to the dregs. I rejoice with You at once again seeing Your Father’s face turned toward You, shining in pride and joy. Keep me in faith that I too may see the glorious face of my God when you deliver me from death and take me home to heaven. Amen.

 

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