“Hail, King of the Jews. Hosanna to the Son of David.”
The Messiah would be betrayed by a friend. (Ps 41:9//Jn 13:21)
Jesus was sold for thirty pieces of silver. (Zech 11:12//Mt 26:15; Lk 22:5)
Later these coins were given for the potter’s field and cast into the temple. (Zech 11:13//Mt 27:9-10)
Jesus would be falsely accused but would remain silent before his accusers. (Ps 35:11//Mk 14:57-58; Is 53:7/Mk 15:4-5)
Jesus’ friends deserted him. (Zech 13:7//Mt 26:56)
Others gave false witness about him. (Ps 35:11//Mt 26:60)
Poem for Holy Thursday Evening
Gethsemane means “olive press.”
A place where the fruit of the tree is crushed and squeezed
and the unbearable pressure releases the oil inside.
And as the will of the Father
met the will of the Son,
the unbearable pressure
crushing and squeezing him,
the thorns of our wasteland digging ever deeper,
the sweat of our curse pooling on his skin,
he made his choice and cried,
“Not my will, but yours be done.”
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And the oil of the Spirit flowed freely. (Jeff Peabody, First Things, April 2015, 16)
In Jesus’ last hours, he was spat upon and scourged (Is 50:6, 53:5//Mt 27:26, 30) and struck on the cheek (Micah 5:1//Mt 27:30).
The Messiah was called the sacrificial lamb (Is 53:5//Jn 1:29 who was given for a new covenant (Is 42:6; Jer 31:31-34//Rom 11:27; Gal 3:17, 424; Heb 8:6, 8, 10;10:16, 29; 12:24; 13:20).
He was despised and rejected by men (Is 53:3:1-6), the one who bore “our grief” (Is 53:4, 6); “and with his stripes we are healed.” (Is 53:5)
The Messiah would be given vinegar to drink. (Ps 69:21//Mt 27:34, Jn 19:28-30)