Monday Morning Pastor – No Mistake (Psalm 22)

April 3, 2018

Note: Each week we will have a guest writer who will share a few of their personal thoughts on Sunday’s sermon. Unlike Monday Morning Quarterbacking, from which this series gets its name, we aren’t looking to critique so much as share how we have been personally impacted. This week’s post comes from Lorraine Otis.

Was the resurrection an accident or mistake? This message was given on Easter Sunday, the day of our Lord’s resurrection.  This is my favorite day of the year.  I believe it is the foundation of our Christian faith.  As I listened to Pastor Mark sharing how David wrote this psalm hundreds of years before Jesus’ death, I was again amazed at some of the prophecies.  Pastor Mark told us that Psalm 22 is quoted 22 times in the New Testament.  Isaiah 53 talks about the suffering of Jesus 700 years before Christ.  In verses 14-18, graphic descriptions of Jesus’ death are foretold.

I was impacted anew with the magnitude of what Jesus has done for us.

I know I can never fully grasp it all on this side of Heaven; that He chose this for our salvation is truly a love I cannot even comprehend.

I am always filled with such joy on Easter.  Through the message, I kept thinking, “Why am I not living each day of my life with this joy?  Why am I not bubbling over with it and hardly able to contain it all?” Where does the joy of Resurrection Sunday go on Monday?

I know that some of it is my being distracted with everyday life issues.  My responsibilities, things I feel I have to get done, going to work, the things I have to do to care for my home and my family.  I let these things overtake me.

Easter is a powerful message of hope, love and eternal life. God knows our needs before we even speak them, though He wants us to talk to Him. We can trust that no matter our situation, He will work in it and nothing is hopeless. Pastor Mark shared how no one is beyond being saved.  When I think back on my mistakes in my life before knowing Christ, it amazes me that He could love me that deeply to wipe my slate clean and rescue me with open arms.  He took the worst day and brought salvation to all mankind!

Nehemiah 8:10 – “The joy of the LORD is your strength.”

Heavenly Father, I ask that You help me and Your people to live in the joy of Easter every day.  Help us to keep that in our hearts as we get distracted with mundane life issues and even in our trials.  Let Jesus’ victory give us joy.  Let Your Holy Spirit help us to share that joy of the good news with others.  I thank You for sending Your Son to pay my debt and for rescuing me to the depths of my soul.  I ask this in the Name above all Names, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.