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Summary: This sermon looks at what it means that God would let Jesus his only son feel the Pain of the cross? The Pain of being Lynched as black male figure in Public. and how that Pain has been white washed in our community these days. Very Short Sermon 7min.

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The Fourth Word: “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” (Mark 15:34)

Sermon “The Jesus-Rock Issue”

Reflection

As Jesus was dying on the cross, he quotes the scripture he echoed the beginning of Psalm 22, which reads:

My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?

Why are you so far away when I groan for help?

Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer.

Every night you hear my voice, but I find no relief. (vv. 1-2)

Or in the message bible puts it

A David Psalm

22 1-2 God, God . . . my God!

Why did you dump me

miles from nowhere?

Doubled up with pain, I call to God

all the day long. No answer. Nothing.

I keep at it all night, tossing and turning.

In the words of the psalmist Jesus found a way to express the cry of his heart: Why had God abandoned him? Why did his Father turn his back on Jesus in his moment of greatest agony? Why did God Dump on me? As Martin Luther once said, “God forsaking God. Who can understand it?”

The cross has been transformed into a harmless, non-offensive ornament that Christians wear around their necks. Rather than reminding us of the “cost of discipleship,” it has become a form of “cheap grace,”[3] an easy way to salvation that doesn’t force us to confront the power of Christ’s message and mission. Until we can see the cross and the lynching tree together,

What we do know is that Jesus on The Cross, entered into the Hell of separation from God.

The Father abandoned him because Jesus took upon himself the penalty for our sins. In that excruciating moment, he experienced something far more horrible than physical pain.

The beloved Son of God knew what it was like to be rejected by the Father. As we read in 2 Corinthians 5:21, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (NIV).

I can write these words. I can say, truly, that the Father abandoned the Son for our sake, for the salvation of the world.

But what does salvation mean in 2015?

What does it mean that God would let Jesus his only son feel the Pain of the cross? The Pain of being Lynched as black male in Public.

Kirk Franklin once said in an article: “I Am the Holy Dope Dealer” The Problem with Gospel Music Today People need to get high off something spiritual, and I’m the holy dope dealer. I got this drug, I got this Jesus rock. And you can have a type of high that you’ve never experienced.

To be fair, Franklin probably spoke in such shocking terms to capture the attention of Vibe‘s youthful, hip hop-oriented readership.

Still, with his use of the term “Jesus‘rock’” (the street name for crack cocaine) Franklin himself characterizes his music as an opiate, a drug.

In a nutshell, that is the basic problem with a lot of the Gospel we hear and the story of the cross being preached today its entertainment.

That kind of painless, cross-less preaching is what some theologians call “clowning”.

Clowning Singing and Preaching has performance orientation, its emphasis on “wrecking the house,” and its shameless appeals to emotion, to the dance and the hoop and no real appeal to the needs of the people.

We have to preach a Gospel that must stop reducing the causes of human suffering to weak faith or poor morality on the part of the victim, or to ethereal, disembodied sources for which no one has responsibility.

As with a drug, sensations and emotions have come to be its focus. Like a drug, its primary goal is not to empower its users to change reality, but simply to change the way they feel.

Like a drug, it temporarily lifts the people’s despair yet, in direct contradistinction to the prophetic mandate of the Spirituals, leaves the causes of that despair virtually unaddressed, unscathed, even unmentioned.

A lot of the Gospel we hear and preach doesn’t attempt to free the people but simply seeks to make them feel good.

I am thankful that God while Jesus, was on the Cross Shows us with the Fourth Word that The Pain was real, the separation was real and it hurt. I almost wish the fourth word was I hurt! Because yes church, the Gospel hurts! Yes Church, Oppression Hurts! Yes Lake City, Sin Hurts and any time you deal with sin its goanna hurt. MY God Why do I Hurt!

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