Crucified Christ | Solo Episode with Rachel Lawrence

Ep 18

Let’s kneel down and sit back today, at the foot of the cross, seeing and feeling Jesus’ sacrifice for us and soaking in our blood-stained, glorious redemption through the love of our God, who sacrificed even His only Son to restore us to Him; to redeem this fallen world, to offer forgiveness of sins, and to create a way for us to finally be with Him yet again- for all of eternity. In this episode, Rachel will deliver a message entitled “Crucified Christ,” based on Psalm 22.

Who do you know God to be? In the ancient, passed down from generation to generation, skillfully preserved, God-breathed, and God-ordained Scripture are countless- thousands of pages- worth of people. Pages that proclaim God’s faithfulness, provision, plan, purpose and love towards people- real people like you and I who were flawed, sinful, needing a savior, and hopeless. If you can’t recall God’s love or a time where God came through for others, I encourage you to read His Word for you. He wants you to deeply know Him.

Let’s think back through our own life. Where has God showed up? How has God orchestrated your life? When was a time where you felt, “That has to be God?” How have you seen Him working boldly and beautifully in your life? In what ways has He redeemed you?

Think of these things. Meditate on them. Write them down. Remember and praise Him for who He is; oh, for how much He cares for you!

And then, recall them. Focus on these things. When enemies encircle you. When you are at the pit of despair. When you are questioning where God is; remember. Remember who He is. Trust in Him. Pray deeply and know that He will fulfill your earnest prayers of deliverance as He works out all things according to His will for those who love Him. (Romans 8:28)


Psalm 22 English Standard Version (ESV)

Why Have You Forsaken Me?

To the choirmaster: according to The Doe of the Dawn. A Psalm of David.

22 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
    Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?
2 O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer,
    and by night, but I find no rest.

3 Yet you are holy,
    enthroned on the praises of Israel.
4 In you our fathers trusted;
    they trusted, and you delivered them.
5 To you they cried and were rescued;
    in you they trusted and were not put to shame.

6 But I am a worm and not a man,
    scorned by mankind and despised by the people.
7 All who see me mock me;
    they make mouths at me; they wag their heads;
8 “He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him;
    let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”

9 Yet you are he who took me from the womb;
    you made me trust you at my mother's breasts.
10 On you was I cast from my birth,
    and from my mother's womb you have been my God.
11 Be not far from me,
    for trouble is near,
    and there is none to help.

12 Many bulls encompass me;
    strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
13 they open wide their mouths at me,
    like a ravening and roaring lion.

14 I am poured out like water,
    and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax;
    it is melted within my breast;
15 my strength is dried up like a potsherd,
    and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
    you lay me in the dust of death.

16 For dogs encompass me;
    a company of evildoers encircles me;
they have pierced my hands and feet—
17 I can count all my bones—
they stare and gloat over me;
18 they divide my garments among them,
    and for my clothing they cast lots.

19 But you, O Lord, do not be far off!
    O you my help, come quickly to my aid!
20 Deliver my soul from the sword,
    my precious life from the power of the dog!
21     Save me from the mouth of the lion!
You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen!

22 I will tell of your name to my brothers;
    in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
23 You who fear the Lord, praise him!
    All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him,
    and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
24 For he has not despised or abhorred
    the affliction of the afflicted,
and he has not hidden his face from him,
    but has heard, when he cried to him.

25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
    my vows I will perform before those who fear him.
26 The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied;
    those who seek him shall praise the Lord!
    May your hearts live forever!

27 All the ends of the earth shall remember
    and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations
    shall worship before you.
28 For kingship belongs to the Lord,
    and he rules over the nations.

29 All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship;
    before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
    even the one who could not keep himself alive.
30 Posterity shall serve him;
    it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation;
31 they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn,
    that he has done it.

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