Unspoken words from the cross – Pt. 1

I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken” (Psalm 16:8).

Most people are familiar with the seven utterances of Jesus on the cross – the ones recorded in the Gospel records. Jesus forgave his torturers (Luke 23:34), and the penitent thief (Luke 23:43); he turned over the care of his mother to John (John 19:26-27); he cried out in anguish for his Father (Matthew 27:46), and in thirst (John 19:28), declared his work complete (John 19:30), and gave up his spirit to his Father (Luke 23:46).

In the little book The Wounded Word, S.B. Long wrote of these sayings, that we could not “afford to miss one syllable” (p. 13). But there were more than words. There were also his thoughts. Oh, to know the thoughts of Jesus as he hung in the daylight and in the shadows! To know his innermost feelings!

Yet, by the grace of God’s revelation, we do know them. The suffering and triumphant heart of Christ is revealed to us in the Psalms.

This series of articles will explore the thoughts of the suffering Savior as revealed in the Psalms, and hopefully bring our hearts closer to his.

(click here for next article in this series).

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Rick Kelley

I began preaching in Wallace, WV (2000-2002), and worked with the church in Proctor, WV (2002-2004). I graduated from the West Virginia School of Preaching (2004), served the church in Prestonsburg, KY as pulpit minister from 2004-2014, and am currently laboring with the Massillon, OH congregation (2014-present). Outside of biblical studies, I enjoy spending time with my much better half, Samantha, and our six children (Christian, Hannah, Noah, Emma, Evan & Leah). We have an equal parts sweet and goofy Golden Retriever (Max), a rather energetic Australian Shepherd (Mallie), and a very chill Goldendoodle (Moses).

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