by Johnny Hunt

The Cross and the Crown
Johnny Hunt
Psalm 22

INTRODUCTION: This passage serves as a commentary on 1 Peter 1:11, which speaks of the suffering of Christ and the glory that should follow.

1 Peter 1:11, ''searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow.''

While our gospels record His more apparent sufferings, the Psalms record His more hidden sorrows. This amazing Psalm is divided into two distinct parts. It begins with the cross and ends with the crown. The first part consists of praying while it ends with praising. Here's a text that was penned 1,000 years before it was fulfilled. No Christian can read this Psalm without being vividly confronted with the crucifixion, and with a grateful heart, the resurrection. If you really want to think about what transpired in the mind of our Savior as He bore our sins on the cross, meditate long and diligently upon this scripture portion.

Remember, Ps 22, 23, and 24 form a trilogy on Christ the Shepherd. In Ps 22, the Good Shepherd dies for the sheep. (John 10:1-18); in 23, the Great Shepherd lives for the sheep and cares for them. (Heb 13:20-21); and in 24, the Chief Shepherd returns in glory to reward His sheep for their service (1 Peter 5:4).

The Shepherd gives Himself for the sheep, to the sheep, and He's coming back with and for the sheep.
This Psalm has been referred to as ''The Deer of Dawn.'' It translates, ''help at daybreak.''

This Psalm also fits into the so-called ''passion psalms,'' which describe the suffering and persecution of an innocent victim in terms reminiscent of the Suffering Servant of the Lord in the second part of Isaiah.

This Psalm magnifies the truth that God will not forsake His own.

Warren Wiersbe says, ''When you go through trials, your circumstances and feelings can deceive you into thinking God has forsaken you. But the Bible promises us ...

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