TUESDAY 2 August, 2016
The Cries of the King
And the people stole back into the city that day, as people who are ashamed steal away when they flee in battle.But the king covered his face, and the king cried out with a loud voice, “O my son Absalom! O Absalom, my son, my son!” - 2 Samuel 19:3-4
The people returned to the city, like a dog with its tail between its legs. They shied away; out of sight and mind of the king. He was preoccupied with his grief, face covered and his son’s name still echoed on his lips.
Jesus Christ, the King of kings hung on a wooden cross uncovered; His face beaten and bruised. Most of His disciples had run, they shied away from the threat of persecution. John remained with Jesus’ mother Mary and others who had gathered at the foot of the cross (John 19:26).
Jesus, the King of the Jews, hung in agonizing affliction on the cross. He cried out with a loud voice: “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46). Then He said …“It is finished!”…bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.(John 19:30).
Jesus is acquainted with our grief, Isaiah 53:3-4 speaks of Him:
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows…
One day: God will wipe away every tear fromtheir eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying (Revelation 21:4). As we live our daily lives, let the name of Jesus be continually on our lips.
Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
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