Saturday, April 22, 2017

Cogdell: the joy set before him

Saturday, April 22, 2017
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—
    those who cannot keep themselves alive.
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 22:27-31 (NIV)
    This last section of Psalm 22 [i.e., verses 27-31] reminds us of Hebrews 12:2: “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” The “joy” that was set before Jesus was, we feel, knowing of the riches which would come to his brethren out of his death. In short, we are his joy, set before him when on the cross. As we have seen, only as the circle of the love of Jesus becomes world wide and as big as history will it be complete.
    ... John R. Cogdell, “The humanity of Jesus Christ, as revealed in certain Psalms”, section IV (see the book)
    See also Ps. 22:27-31; Isa. 53:10-12; Acts 2:36; Phil. 2:8-11; Heb. 12:2
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You suffered and died for me. Show me how I can become the joy that You saw on the Cross.
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