Apr 24 2015
Understanding the words of the crucified One
‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ This was the cry of Jesus as he hung on the cross (Matthew 27.46). His cry has engendered much speculation. Some sceptics say he finally realized his mission had gone wrong, and that he was in state of shock about all that was happening to him.
This is not true; it’s quite clear what Jesus was doing. He was screaming out the first verse of Psalm 22. That’s right, go read it. It’s a word for word quotation.
Now, when do you quote a Psalm, when you are in shock and think you made a big mistake, or when you need strength and confirmation that you are in God’s will? Quite clearly you do it when you need strength and confirmation. And if you read Psalm 22 right through it’s quite obvious that it’s a Psalm that predicts the suffering of the Messiah and it is therefore the most obvious Psalm for Jesus to look to for strength in his situation. More