Broken For You
1 Cor. 11:24
Preached at FBC Toulon, IL, April 1, 2001 by Albert Harmon
24and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me."
1 My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?
Why are You so far from helping Me,
And from the words of My groaning?
2 O My God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear;
And in the night season, and am not silent.
3 But You are holy,
Enthroned in the praises of Israel.
4 Our fathers trusted in You;
They trusted, and You delivered them.
5 They cried to You, and were delivered;
They trusted in You, and were not ashamed.
6 But I am a worm, and no man;
A reproach of men, and despised by the people.
7 All those who see Me ridicule Me;
They shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
8 "He trusted in the Lord, let Him rescue Him;
Let Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him!"
9 But You are He who took Me out of the womb;
You made Me trust while on My mother's breasts.
10 I was cast upon You from birth.
From My mother's womb
You have been My God.
11 Be not far from Me,
For trouble is near;
For there is none to help.
12 Many bulls have surrounded Me;
Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled Me.
13 They gape at Me with their mouths,
Like a raging and roaring lion.
14 I am poured out like water,
And all My bones are out of joint;
My heart is like wax;
It has melted within Me.
15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd,
And My tongue clings to My jaws;
You have brought Me to the dust of death.
16 For dogs have surrounded Me;
The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me.
They pierced My hands and My feet;
17 I can count all My bones.
They look and stare at Me.
18 They divide My garments among them,
And for My clothing they cast lots.
19 But You, O Lord, do not be far from Me;
O My Strength, hasten to help Me!
20 Deliver Me from the sword,
My precious life from the power of the dog.
21 Save Me from the lion's mouth
And from the horns of the wild oxen!
You have answered Me.
As we approach passion week, there is never enough time and space to cover all the material that needs to be covered.
Next week is Palm Sunday with Easter the following week. We have been dealing with the seven sayings of Christ on the cross in our Wednesday evening prayer times.
Since we will be celebrating the Lord's Supper twice within a couple of weeks, I have chosen to speak to you this morning on the first element in the supper, the broken bread, or the broken body of our Lord. On Maundy Thursday we will speak on the other element the cup, the blood poured out for us.
Have you ever felt deserted? Have you ever felt that you were all alone and there was no one who stood with you, no one to help?
In our passage this morning and the supporting passage Psalm 22:1-21 we find a peculiar case.
Jesus, the Christ, the Eternal Son of God, was forsaken by His loving heavenly Father.
No one can explain all that is in those words. No one will ever fathom the depths of their meaning or import. But we can get a glimpse of them. We can appreciate them more fully.
- Notice how He was broken at the hands of men.
- Ps 22:6 The Reproach.- But I am a worm, and no man; A reproach of men, and despised by the people.
- There is mystery in how the people could proclaim Him king less than a week before and now they so scornfully reproach Him.
- How is it that they were healed by Him and saw His great signs and yet had such disdain for Him.
- As long as He healed and served them they would follow, but when His weakness is seen, they turn on Him as wild dogs on the weak of the pack.
- Maybe that is why when Jesus early in His ministry was praised by these people, that He did not trust Himself to them for He knew what was in man.
- John 2:23 Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did. 24But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men, 25and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man.
- Maybe that is why that about 70-80 % of people refer to themselves as Christians and yet 40% or less think Jesus is the only way to God.
- Ps 22:7. The Mockery - All those who see Me ridicule Me; They shoot out the lip, they shake the head, Let Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him!"
- Unlike our day, Rome meant for executions to be horrid things.
- They meant for them to be a shameful mockery of the person and their life.
- The victim would be stripped and scourged.
- Many men would die from this alone.
- Pilate had done this to Jesus before the usual time hoping to solicit some sympathy from the people, to no avail.
- The person was stripped naked to elicit the mockery of the multitude who had the stomach to attend such functions.
- Even is this humiliating condition the crowd showed no mercy but mocked Him.
- Luke 23:11Then Herod, with his men of war, treated Him with contempt and mocked Him, arrayed Him in a gorgeous robe, and sent Him back to Pilate.
- Matt 27:27Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole garrison around Him. 28And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. 29When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" 30Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head. 31And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified.
- Ps 22:8. The Taunt - saying, "He trusted in the Lord, let Him rescue Him;
- Matt 27:43 He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now if He will have Him; for He said, 'I am the Son of God.'"
- Mark 15:31 Likewise the chief priests also, mocking among themselves with the scribes, said, "He saved others; Himself He cannot save. 32 Let the Christ, the King of Israel, descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe."
- Luke 23:35And the people stood looking on. But even the rulers with them sneered, saying, "He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ, the chosen of God."
- 36 The soldiers also mocked Him, coming and offering Him sour wine, 37and saying, "If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself."
- Ps 22:11. The Entreaty - Be not far from Me, For trouble is near; For there is none to help.
- Ps 22:12, 13. The Assault - Many bulls have surrounded Me; Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled Me. They gape at Me with their mouths, Like a raging and roaring lion.
- It is first the Jewish leaders who have their mock trial at night who bring charge after baseless charge against Him.
- Next He is taken to Pilate who quickly sends Him to Herod who after not getting the desired response hands Jesus over to the merciless soldiers.
- Next Jesus is brought back to Pilate who now appeals to the crowd and gives them the opportunity to allow Jesus to go free.
- But the crowd stirred by their leaders like a pack of dogs shout for Jesus to be crucified.
- Finally Jesus is given to the soldiers who show no mercy but inflict more pain, suffering and shame upon Jesus.
- Ps 22:14. The Faintness - I am poured out like water, And all My bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; It has melted within Me.
- As Jesus is lead to the place of execution He weakens and falls beneath the weight of the cross.
- Later on the cross, after such loss of sleep, of blood, along with the drain of the four trials he went through that night has his strength poured out like water.
- As Jesus hangs between heaven and earth for those six hours He experiences all the sufferings of any man in a similar condition.
- His strength melts away as wax before the fire.
- Ps 22:15. The Exhaustion - My strength is dried up like a potsherd, And My tongue clings to My jaws; You have brought Me to the dust of death.
- Eventually exhaustion sets in.
- As the clay pot has been deprived of the moister so Jesus through the fiery trials has lost all strength.
- One of the last things Jesus said was I thirst.
- He was brought to the dust in death.
- Ps 22:16. The Piercing - For dogs have surrounded Me; The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me. They pierced My hands and My feet;
- Even though in David's day crucifixion had not yet been invented yet by inspiration he refers to the death Jesus would die.
- They nailed Jesus to the cross.
- Eventually they pierce His side with the spear and out flows the blood and water.
- Ps 22:17. The Emaciation - I can count all My bones.
- Ps 22:17. The Insulting Gaze - They look and stare at Me.
- Ps 22:18. The Partition of the Garments and Casting Lots - They divide My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.
- Ps 22:19-21. The Importunity - But You, O Lord, do not be far from Me; O My Strength, hasten to help Me! Deliver Me from the sword, My precious life from the power of the dog. Save Me from the lion's mouth And from the horns of the wild oxen! You have answered Me.
- Notice how He was broken by God.
- Ps 22:1. The Cry - My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from helping Me, And from the words of My groaning?
- He had trusted always in the care and love of the Father, but now the Father has turned away.
- Jesus took our sin upon Himself and bore in His own body our sins on the tree. 1 Peter 2:24
- Because as he says in verse 3, God is holy, He cannot look on sin.
- As Jesus bore our sin He also bore our guilt and shame, our punishment.
- The wrath of God was on Him.
- Isa 53:4 Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
- Jesus was broken by the power of the wrath of God.
- He became sin for us even though He had never known sin.
- Ps 22:2. The Complaint - O My God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear; And in the night season, and am not silent.
- Ps 22:3. The Acknowledgment - But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel.
- Ps 22:4-6. The Contrast - Our fathers trusted in You; They trusted, and You delivered them. They cried to You, and were delivered; They trusted in You, and were not ashamed. But I am a worm, and no man; A reproach of men, and despised by the people.
I cannot fathom the idea that Jesus would suffer such for me.
I cannot readily accept that Jesus willingly was broken so for me.
God help us to see in the symbols we use today the great love our Savior had for us.
That He laid down His life and suffered for us there.
This message was preached at FBC Toulon, by Albert Harmon. See it at http://toulonbaptist.com