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Descent From the Cross
The Burial of Jesus
He Is Risen!
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning?
O my God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, and am not silent.
Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the praise of Israel.
In you our fathers put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them.
They cried to you and were saved; in you they trusted and were not disappointed.
But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by men and despised by the people.
All who see me mock me;
they hurl insults, shaking their heads:
"He trusts in the LORD;
let the LORD rescue him.
Let him deliver him,
since he delights in him."
Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you even at my mother’s breast.
From birth I was cast upon you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God.
Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help.
Many bulls surround me;
strong bulls of Bashan encircle me.
Roaring lions tearing their prey open their mouths wide against me.
I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted away within me.
My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death.
Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet.
I can count all my bones;
people stare and gloat over me.
They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.
But you, O LORD, be not far off; O my Strength, come quickly to help me.
Deliver my life from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dogs.
Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; save me from the horns of the wild oxen.
I will declare your name to my brothers; in the congregation I will praise you.
You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!
For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him
but has listened to his cry for help.
From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly; before those who fear you will I fulfill my vows.
The poor will eat and be satisfied; they who seek the LORD will praise him?
may your hearts live forever!
All the ends of the earth
will remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, for dominion belongs to the LORD
and he rules over the nations.
All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before him, and none can
keep alive his own soul.
Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord.
They will proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn, for he has done it.
Psalm 22 NIV
Christ on the Cross
Diego Velazquez, 1632 Click images for high resolution
From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?" which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
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This sensitive depiction of when Christ died for us skillfully illustrates the moment before of utter aloneness.
Before the cross of Jesus his mother was standing, filled with sorrow for her son, and beside her was one of his disciples, John, the disciple whom he loved. Other women besides his mother were there, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleopas, and a woman named Mary Magdalene, out of whom a year before Jesus had sent an evil spirit. There were even among them the rulers of the Jews a few who were friends of Jesus including Nicodemus, though they did not dare to follow Jesus openly.
What Our Savior Saw
From The Cross
James Tissot 1895
The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ
Vasili Golinsky, c1895
The Crucifixion by Matthias Grunewald, Isenheim Altarpiece c 1515
Jesus wished to give his mother, now that he was leaving her, into the care of John, and he said
to her, as he looked from her to John, "Woman, see your son." And then to John he said, "Son, see your mother." And on that day John took the mother of Jesus home to his own house, and cared for her as his own mother.
At about noon a sudden darkness came over the land, and lasted for three hours. And in the
middle of the afternoon, when Jesus had been on the cross six hours of terrible pain, he cried out
aloud words which meant:
"My Lord, my God, why have you forsaken me!" words which are the beginning of the
twenty-second Psalm, a psalm which long before had spoken of many of Christ’s sufferings.
After this he spoke again, saying, "I thirst!"
And someone dipped a sponge in a cup of vinegar, and put it upon a reed, and gave him a drink of it. Then Jesus spoke his last words upon the cross:
"It is finished! Father, into thy hands I give my spirit!"
And then Jesus died. And at that moment the vail in the Temple between the Holy Place and the
Holy of Holies was torn apart by unseen hands from the top to the bottom. And the Roman officer
who had charge of the soldiers around the cross saw what had taken place, and how Jesus died,
and he said, "Truly this was a righteous man; he was the Son of God."
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