The big important shout!
Acts 16: 29 “But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”
Matthew and Mark say that about the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice and quoted Psalm 22.
Matthew and Mark then also say Jesus cried out again in a loud voice then gave up his spirit.
Luke says that when the curtain of the temple had been torn in two, Jesus called out with a loud voice and quoted Psalm 31.
The picture I see on the cross is that of our Saviour shouting to the world, “It’s okay, it is in the Scripture!”. The Word of God shouting the Word of God!
As we wake to this Good Friday I don’t see a defeated man on a cross, a failure, dying in a defeated whimper. No! I see a victorious Son of Man who takes his last breath to shout as loud as he could Gods eternal truth!
Perhaps you can still hear that shout today?
Maybe it was like the shout of Paul to the jailer ….
“Don’t do it! We are all here! Don’t condemn yourself and no one can condemn you! God has found a way. It is not over for you! There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus!”
That shout of Paul saved the jailer his life.
In the same way the shout of Jesus saved you your life!