LHM Lenten Devotion – March 27, 2014 “Poured Out”

 

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By Reverend Wayne Palmer

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“Poured Out”

March 27, 2014


Lenten devo cover 2014Read Psalm 102TEXT: I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint (see Psalm 22:14).

Jesus is exhausted. He spent the previous night in prayer, pleading with His Father to take away the cup-the suffering that was about to befall Him. Jesus didn’t fear death, but He struggled with being forsaken by His Father and being lashed with His fiery wrath at our sins. Three hours later He came out of the garden composed and ready-but physically drained.

That was only the beginnings of His sufferings. After condemning Him, the Jewish high court punched, slapped and struck Him. Pilate’s soldiers savagely flogged Him, drove a crown of thorns down over His head, and struck Him over the head repeatedly with a reed. The heavy cross bar was placed on His bloody shoulders, and He was forced to carry it to the place of execution. He was a strong man, a carpenter, but the abuse He suffered for our sins was so great He collapsed under the weight. Too weak and weary to carry it all the way Himself, the Roman soldiers finally ordered a bystander in the crowd, Simon of Cyrene, to carry it the rest of the way.

Psalm 22 masterfully describes this exhaustion, “I am poured out like water.”

Then King David adds an incredible prophetic detail, “All my bones are out of joint.” In this grisly form of execution, the weight of the body hangs on the arms, putting tremendous strain on the joints in the arms and shoulders. It’s as though He was stretched on the rack. What makes this passage so remarkable is that King David was completely unfamiliar with crucifixion, yet he describes it in incredible detail. And those details will become even more striking in the verses to follow.

THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus Christ, what sufferings You endured to free me of my sins and God’s wrath. Receive my heartfelt gratitude and praise forever. Amen.

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