The Messiah Simeon Waited For

Day 29, Jesus and the Passover Lamb, Part 3

OK, I’m doing it again. I missed yesterday because of a headache. So all of you on the e-mail will get three tomorrow. Sorry about that!

Psalm 34: 19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of them all.
20 He guards all his bones;
Not one of them is broken.

Yes, God mentioned that the Righteous One’s bones will never be broken this third time.

When I teach writing, we talk about something called the ‘rule of three’. Whenever you want to make a solid argument, you address it in three different ways. In this manner, you make sure of two things: 1) that your audience gets what you are trying to say, and, 2) you have the best chance of convincing your audience that you have justification for your point of view.

In other words, you say it, you say it again, and you say what you said.

Test coaches advise college-bound students to use this approach, too. There’s a good reason. It works.

Don’t you think God knows how we need repetition to realize he means what he says?

In this verse, it not only says that God will ensure that the righteous one doesn’t have a bone broken, but that he guards each bone.

That’s a lot of guarding. There are over two hundred bones in the human body. Some of the small ones can be broken or cracked without the person even knowing it.

But Jesus endured torture and the most painful death imaginable without a single one breaking.

Do you have any idea how naturally impossible that is?

Once again, God is demonstrating that nothing, absolutely nothing, is beyond his control. He can keep all of the bones of his Son intact even while Jesus’ body is broken for us as bread.

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Introduction to The Messiah Simeon Waited For

Holding Jesus

Day 3, A Sketch of Simeon

Simeon Was a Godly Man

Day 5, Simeon's Testimony

Day 6, Prophecies for the Gentiles

Day 7, Blessing to Nations

Day 8, A Holy People

Day 9, Welcoming God's Firstborn

Day 10, The Name of Simeon

Day 11, Staying Alive

Day 12, Following the Spirit

Day 13, Taking Up Jesus

Day 14, God's Slave

Day 15, True Peace

Day 16, Seeing Reality

Day 17, The Intent of the Law

Day 18, For All Peoples

Day 19, Making Mary and Joseph Marvel

Day 20, A Blessing

Day 21, Hinting at the Rest of the Story

Day 22, Mary Will Grieve

Day 23, Making Simeon into Simeon

Day 24, Prophet to the Prophets

Day 25, A Priest Like Melchizedek

Day 26, Destined for Sacrifice

Day 27, Jesus and the Passover Lamb, part 1

Day 28, Jesus and the Passover Lamb, part 2

Day 29, Jesus and the Passover Lamb, Part 3

Day 30, Jesus as the Lamb (con.)

Day 31, Simeon as a Man of Gratitude

Day 32, Sacrificing Lambs in the Old Testament

Day 33, The Silent Lamb

Day 34, The Messiah as Light

Day 35, Jesus the Stumbling Block

Day 36, Jesus as the Rock

Day 37, The Precious Cornerstone

Day 38, The Stone in Zion

Day 39, The Cornerstone and the Gate

Day 40, The Stone of Judgment

Day 41, Into Zion First

Day 42, Restoring the Booth of David

Day 43, Forgotten Stones

Day 44, Blessed to Receive

Day 45, Crown Him with Many Crowns

Day 46, Identifying the Son of God

Day 47, The Best Storyteller Ever

Day 48, In Bethlehem, the City of David

Day 49, Born a King

Day 50, The Living Jesus

Day 51, The Mountain Tree (Part 1)

Day 52, The Mountain Tree (Part 2)

Day 53, The Root of Jesse

Day 54, David's Branch

Day 55, The Cursed Tree

Day 56, Time Fulfilled

Day 58 through 60

Day 57, Born David's King