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Jesus’ death in the Old Testament

Pilot Knob Lutheran    Jesus’ death in the Old Testament    3/27/2024

Last week we discovered the truth about a future resurrection in the Old Testament from the book of Job.

Today, as we approach Good Friday, is there anything in the Old Testament about Jesus (Messiah) being crucified? Yes. From the very beginning we get a glimpse of the Messiah’s suffering. Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head and you will strike his heel.” The Messiah will “crush your (Satan) head. This refers to the total defeat of Satan. “Bruse your (Messiah) heal” refers to a serious blow but not deadly. Yes, Jesus died, but not for long as Easter announces. Satan was crushed and his defeat will be eternal damnation in the lake of fire when the Lord returns.

In Psalm 22:1-2 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest. We immediately think of Jesus calling out from the cross, in excruciating pain, both physically and spiritually as the Father leaves him temporarily to pay for your sin and mine. Now think back when you experienced great suffering be it physical, emotional, spiritual or a combination of the three. Did you cry out to God with similar words wondering where God was in His silence? Why does God allow the suffering of his people and remain silent? I don’t know, but silence does not equal absence, abandonment, or indifference.

Psalm 22:16-18 Dogs surround me, a pack of villains encircles me; they pierce my hands and my feet. All my bones are on display; people stare and gloat over me.They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment. More images of Good Friday using metaphor, simile, and hyperbole to stimulate our imagination of the Father’s abandonment of the author of Psalm 22 in his pain. Yet literal abandonment for our savior, who suffered, died, and experienced hell so you and I would never be abandoned by God and upon death proceed immediately to heaven.

Remember, Easter makes no sense without a bloody Good Friday.

Pr. Bob Snitzer

By the Way:

Today: 3:45 Confirmation class. 

Friday 29, 6:30 PM Good Friday communion service. Sermon: Angus Dei Exodus 12:1-13

Sunday 31, 9:00 AM Son-Rise worship service. Sermon: Against All Odds. Exodus 15:1-18

Sunday April 7, 1:00 GriefShare. Please tell others. For more information go to:

https://www.griefshare.org/findagroupor contact Pr. Bob or Sue Reese.

~ Past communiques and sermons can be read and heard on our website: www.pilotknob.org and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PilotKnobLutheran/

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