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Easter 2019

It is Easter Week and a crowd gathers to look in disbelief and horror; some fall to their knees and weep; others see the picture of ruin before them and its too much to take, and so turn away.

You may think the above words refer to those looking at Jesus as he hung on a cross that first Good Friday. However, this was not the reaction Jesus got from the crowd. Matthew's gospel tells us that rather than be horrified at what Jesus was suffering, the crowd that day mocked and scorned: “He saved others, but he can't save himself! He's the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him”, Matthew 27:42.

The words at the start actually refer to the reaction of people looking on at Notre Dame cathedral being engulfed by flames on the 15th April 2019. The crowd's reaction to a burning building was not the crowd's reaction to a broken Saviour, which says a lot about our world and its people.

Two nights ago at Bishopbriggs Free Church we studied what the Bible says about the sufferings of Christ on the cross, which interestingly we get more insight into in parts of the Old Testament than the New Testament. New Testament gospel writers do of course record the events of the death of Jesus, but they dont say much about His emotional and psychological state. We read something like “and they crucified Him”, then the writer quickly moves to the next detail in the story. If asked where in the Bible I think we get the clearest understanding of what Jesus went through that first Good Friday, His emotions and His agony, I would say the book of Psalms.

Psalm 22 begins with words we know Jesus cried out on the cross, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”. So in Psalm 22, although king David speaks of tests and trials he himself really did go through, prophetically David also speaks of and pre