The final hour. Matt 27:45-56, Tim Keller, iTunes
The bid idea. Jesus’ screemed out three times on the cross and it tells us three things about our main dilemmas.
1. Why have you forsaken me? – the modern dilemma.
In Our modern dilemma we are influenced by Niche who argued that God is dead. If God is dead, goes the dilemma, then justice died with God and Hitler and Pol Pot have no basis to be consideed wrong. Jesus died on the cross and fulfilled the end of Psalm 22. 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. — Though God is damning me, said Jesus, I will stick to the plan to save Eric, et al.
2. Jesus gave up his spirit and said it is finished – the human dilemma.
The human dilemma is tried to be solved by modern man with religion which says if I act good, God will bless me. As Mark Twain said, he felt religion was like his dream where each night he felt he had a 300 pound Bible on his chest, suffocating him.
On the other hand, the gospel is, obey BECAUSE IT IS FINISHED, not to get it finished – not to finish our right standing before God.
3. The soldier watching said surely this was the son of God – the personal dilemma.
The irony of how Matthew tells the story is that the Gentiles and the women get it, the truth about Jesus as God’s son and our king, but the religious and the religious leaders and elite miss it entirely