Full text of Zac Poonen’s sermon titled “ENTER INTO GOD’S REST” — April 22, 2023
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Zac Poonen – Bible Teacher
We can think that the Christian life is one of a lot of demands and picking up the cross. The question of how we face it… I was just reading Matthew 26.
You know what Jesus did just before He went to the Garden of Gethsemane, and was facing that cup He had to drink, and going to the cross to die. Just a few hours before He died, they passed the bread and the cup around.
In Matthew 26 we read, verse 26, ‘They passed the bread around saying, “Take, eat; this is My body.”
And verse 28, ‘This is My blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many.”
So He spoke about His body going to be given on the cross, and His blood going to be poured out. A very painful thing He knew it was going to be.
And then it says, verse 30: ‘They sang a hymn.’ That was something: just before going to the cross to die, they sang a hymn.
So I learned something there: it’s one of the only places where we read that Jesus sang. I don’t see any other place where it says they sang together. And the one place they sang together was just before they went to the cross.
And then they went to the Mount of Olives and they prayed in Gethsemane and said in the same chapter, verse 39: ‘If it is possible, let this cup pass from Me.’ It was a time of great agony, facing, being separated from the Father for our sin. And they sang a hymn before doing that.
It’s a wonderful thing to sing a song before we go to the cross, to take up the cross singing the song, singing a hymn. Because a lot of people think the cross is such a heavy thing and we’ve got to look miserable. Imagine singing a hymn and taking up the cross. That’s what I learned from this passage.