(a) In what ways are we sometimes like Peter (Luke 22:54-62), denying Jesus rather than acknowledging him? What can we do when that happens?
(b) Why do you think that Luke describes the events surrounding Jesus’ death in such detail?
(c) Looking through this passage as a whole, what aspects of Jesus death are ‘ordinary’ (similar to other deaths), and what aspects are ‘extraordinary’ (unlike other deaths)? What (again trying to pick up clues from this passage) makes Jesus’ death significant for us today?…
‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ (Matthew 27:46)
Here, says John Flavel, ‘are words that might rend the hardest heart.’
The manner of the complaint
Note what our Lord complains of. ‘It is not of the cruel tortures he felt in his body, nor of the scoffs and reproaches of his name; he mentions not a word of these, they were all swallowed up in the sufferings within, as the river is swallowed up in the sea, or the lesser flame in the greater.’
What this desertion means
‘Divine desertion generally considered, is God’s withdrawing himself from any, not as to his essence, that fills heaven and earth, and constantly remains the same; but it is the withdrawment of his favour, grace, and love: when these are gone, God is said to be gone.…
At 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? (Mark 15:34; see also Matthew 27:46)
Six hours after he was nailed to his cross, the dying Jesus shouted out these awesome words. They are quoted from Psalm 22, showing that what Jesus suffered is not without some kind of parallel in the lives of others.
I’ve been going through Tom Wright’s important new book The Day the Revolution Began: Rethinking the Meaning of Jesus’ Crucifixion (SPCK, 2016) with a fine tooth-comb. Here I offer a synopsis of what I think Wright is saying.
Part One: Introduction
1. A Vitally Important Scandal
In appearance, the death of Jesus was just another tragic failure. In reality, it launched the most important revolution the world has ever seen. From now on, everything would be different. …
Transformations. DIY SOS, Restorations, Homes Under The Hammer, House Doctors, Grand Designs, Tattoo Fixers, Embarrassing Bodies.
But none of them attempts: the transformation from death to life.
V5 ‘God made us alive even when we were dead.’
1. Before, 1-3
A threefold tyranny: –
The tyranny of the world: v2 ‘You followed the ways of this world’. ‘Those places, persons, pleasures and pursuits where God is left out.’ Those without Christ are slaves to secularism, materialism, peer pressure, religious fads, and the dubious role models of celebrities.…
In Lk 23:34, says John Flavel, we find the best of mercies desired for the worst of sinners.
Peter (Acts 3:17) and Paul (1 Cor 2:8) also stress the ignorance of those who crucified the Lord Jesus. These people may have known many things, but they did not know that this was the Son of God, the Saviour of the world. This was because
though they had the Scriptures, they misunderstood them: they could not believe that the Messiah would arise out of Galilee (Jn 7:52), or that he would die (Jn 12:34; cf.
‘Irony’ means using words which have the opposite meaning to that which is usually intended. It is a powerful device, and can sharpen up our understanding of people and events by showing us who ‘gets it’ and who ‘doesn’t get it’.
Irony is not only a verbal device. There is also ‘dramatic irony’, in which the ‘real’ meaning of an entire event may be the opposite of its assumed, or apparent, meaning.
The account of Jesus’ crucifixion as recorded in Gospel of Matthew (Mt 27:27-51) is dripping with irony. …