An X-Ray of the Cross
Dr. J. Vernon McGee
Scripture references are from the King James Version Bible.
(This message is also included in the hardback book, Feasting on the Word,
Copyright 1992 by J. Vernon McGee.)
My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent. But thou art holy, O thou who inhabitest the praises of Israel. Our fathers trusted in thee; they trusted, and thou didst deliver them. They cried unto thee, and were delivered; they trusted in thee, and were not confounded. But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised by the people. (Psalm 22:1-6)
There are several Scriptures with which I never feel adequate to deal. This is one of them. When we come to Psalm 22 I feel that we are standing on holy ground and we should take off our spiritual shoes. This psalm is called the Psalm of the Cross. It is so named because it describes more accurately and minutely the crucifixion of Christ than does any other portion of the Word of God. It corresponds, of course, to the twenty-second chapter of Genesis and the fifty-third chapter of Isaiah.
We have many messianic psalms which are pictures of Christ. The first psalm, for instance, is a portrait of Christ in His character - who He is, His life, His practice. But in Psalm 22 we have an x-ray which penetrates into His thoughts and into His inner life. In this psalm we see the anguish of His passion. His soul is laid bare. In the Gospels is recorded the historical fact of His death and some of the events which attended His crucifixion, but only in Psalm 22 are His thoughts revealed. It has been the belief of many scholars that the Lord Jesus, while on the cross, actually quoted the entire twenty-second psalm. I concur in this, because the seven last sayings that are given in the Gospels either appear in this psalm or the psychologi ...
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