GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE:CRUCIFIXION
02 April 2021
Ps Ben Hooman
Welcome to our special Good Friday service. Last year we could not gather and was just not the same. We then just entered a lockdown, something that we never experienced before. The days that led up to Jesus being crucified and that day that He died for us was also something never experienced and never to be repeated again. He died once for all!
We have never been here before. This is a whole new world. Thank God that He is still in control. You have the presence of God leading you through times you’ve never been through, and places you’ve never been through before, and you going to be all right.
Please open your Bible at Psalm 22. Out of the all of the Old Testament, the greatest chapter in all the Bible in the Old Testament is Psalms 22. Every other time we see Calvary, we see Calvary from the ground up. We are looking up at Jesus on the cross.
But when you read Psalms 22, it literally is David who takes a look at Calvary from the cross looking down. He crawls into the eyes of Messiah.
I want you to listen to these astounding prophecies. They are so incredible and perfectly accurate. Jewish culture knew nothing about crucifixion for over a thousand years before the Roman Empire took over the Jewish nation of Israel and introduced to them punishment through crucifixion.
David, a thousand year before, have never seen anyone died on the cross. Listen to the prophecy of Calvary: He starts with verse 1 of Psalms 22 with the very words of Jesus 1500 years later that Jesus quoted while hanging on the cross.
“My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me”? (Psalm 22:1)
Then you go from not only those words, “My God”, and in verse two he describes how spiritual darkness covering the earth when he says “It is a night season”.
“O my God, I cry in the daytime, but you do not hear; and in the night season I am not silent” (Psalm 22:2)
He is prophesying, “I’m seeing Messiah die”. He says, “I see darkness covering the earth at noontime”. It was day time then it was dark.
That is the prophecy, when Jesus died. The whole world was filled with darkness. The city of Jerusalem was covered in darkness and they could not see one another at 3 o’clock in the afternoon.
Listen to what he says in the sixth verse,
“I have become a reproach to the people”. (Psalm 22:6)
He quotes the people around the cross saying these words. Listen to the accuracy of this prophecy verse seven,
“He trusted in Him to let Him deliver Himself”. (Psalm 22:7)
Matthew at the crucifix was saying, “You saved others, save Yourself” (Matthew 27:42).
All this written 1500 years before.
“The bulls of Bay Sean surrounded Me and left a gap in Me”. (Psalm 22:12)
David did not know how to describe it. He is seeing something prophetically. He sees a gaping wound in the Messiah. “The only way I can describe it like this: A bull wrestling someone with his horns stabbing him in the sides”. We know that that was the spear of the Roman soldier. Listen to more accuracy in verse 14,
“I’m poured out like water, and all My bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; it has melted within Me”. (Psalm 22:14)
The Bible said when the soldier stabbed Jesus in the side, it poured forth water and blood. He is drowning in His own fluid. “My heart is like wax melded within me”. It is known that when people would be crucified, they would literally drown in their own fluid. “My bones are pulled out of joint.”
He said in verse 15,
“My splint is dried up. My tongue clings to my jaw”. (Psalm 22:15)
What is he describing? The blistering thirst. Jesus said on the cross “I thirst. I thirst”. And they took a bitter sponge of vinegar and pressed it to his mouth to drink. Here is the description 1500 years before, “My tongue clings to my jaw, I’m dried up. I thirst. I thirst”.
And then he said,
“Dogs have surrounded me, the congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me. They pierced My hands and My feet. I can count all My bones.” (Psalm 22:16,17)
Again, no one in the time that it was written ever have internet, they didn’t have some way of communicating with the rest of the world. There was no such thing as death by a cross in Jewish Israel, in that culture.
But David saw it with such description of Calvary, he saw the Messiah, he said “They pierced my hands and my feet and hence”, even more, verse 18,
“They divided my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.” (Psalm 22:18)
And you go to the book of Matthew, while Jesus is hanging on the cross, they stripped him naked and shamed and Roman soldiers were casting, rolling the dice trying to win the garments of Messiah.
It is dark and it is death and it is down, down, down. Then the story starts changing, because the same chapter is not only the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. But everything shifts. He closes out the dark side with saying verse 21,
“Save me from the lion’s mouth and from the horns of the wild oxen! You have answered Me.” (Psalm 22:21)
We know that Satan is the lion referred to here. He is ripping Him to pieces and He is dying. Then it says this, “You have answered me”. Everything changes. Everything is down, down, down, and then right in the middle of the chapter verse 22,
“I will declare Your name to My brethren; in the midst of assembly, I will praise You” (Psalm 22:22)
Now it is going up, up, up like death and crucifixion is down, down, down the story starts shifting. Psalm 22, “He inhabits the praises of his people”. That is in the middle of this. He says this, “My praise shall be in the great assembly”, there is coming a day when they will praise God in church, in the Kingdom of God in the great assembly over what has happened here, right here in this dark place called the crucifixion.
He says in verse 25,
“My praise shall be of You in the great assembly. We will remember, and all the ends of the world will remember this and turn to the Lord” (Psalm 22:25)
“All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before You” (Psalm 22:27)
And here we are, as His people, not perfect, messed up, dysfunctional, broken, and needy people. And Jesus died for us.
He said, “I’m doing it because there will come a day, when I’m going to get the attention of the world and I’m going to get the attention in people’s houses of the family”.
Listen to what he says. “The families of the nation shall worship, shall worship before You”. And it ends with this in verse 31,
“They will come and declare His righteousness to the people who will be born, that He has done this” (Psalm 22:31)
Calvary and Christianity are not do, do, do. It ends with: It is done! It is finished! He rose from the dead. He rose for you and your family!
This is a generational meal. Feel free to bring your children in for it. Feel free to let your babies in, because he said, “When a generation comes that was not here and they ask you what does this meal mean”?
He said “You teach your children about this meal because it is a generational meal”.
I want to conclude with this: the Passover meal you had the lamb on the table the people ate. That is not the virus, that is a move. You had the lamb on the table, but you go to the book of Matthew, and the Passover meal was lamb, bread, and the fruit of the vine, or juice.
Listen to this, but the communion, all four Gospels only say there is bread and wine. It does not say, it does not say there was lamb.
Why? Because the lamb was sitting at the table. The lamb is on the table. He is sitting at the table which means you cannot have this meal and the lamb not show up.
If you do it in faith, you cannot have this meal in faith with your family and the lamb not come.
He said, “This bread represents my body that is broken for you”. Just like you heard from Psalms 22. He did it for you and your family.
Take, eat this do in remembrance of me until I come again. Take the bread. Thank you, Lord. Thank you, Lord.
And then he said, we are having to improvise we are using fruit juice, this is the wine of the new covenant.
He said “Take, drink this represents my blood that is shed for the new covenant. Take, drink this, do it in remembrance of me until I come”. Let us do it right now.
Thank you, Lord. Lord, we do apply the blood of Jesus on the door post, and we do apply the blood as we were told to do in the Old Testament on the side post, applying protection from the outside world, protection from the plague, virus, death.
May the blood of Jesus be on your house. He is going to sing in a moment. You can’t just go through this, this quarantine, and return to life as normal. But God’s will for you is to turn to Jesus, not return to normal, not return to emptiness, not return to things that don’t matter and won’t last eternity, but turn to Jesus.
Turn to Him with all of your heart. Turn to Him with all of your family. Turn to Him! Can you pray this aloud with me right now!
Lord, Jesus, I remember today what You did for me at Calvary, I remember what You did for me when they buried You in the tomb. I remember what You did for me when you rose again. Thank You for eternal life. Thank You for forgiveness. Thank you for You love me, You forgive me. I praise You for this, in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen