Glimpses of the Cross: Crucifixion
Psalm 22 is one of the great messianic psalms. Those who deny the inspiration of the Bible or the deity of Christ try hard to rob this psalm of its prophetic character. Some say it is only an expression of some kind of suffering that David experienced. But we have no record that David ever endured this kind of rejection, scorn, and violence. David was the author of this psalm and according to Acts 2:29-30 he was a prophet. ''Men and brethren let me freely speak to you of the patriarch David that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulcher is with us unto this day. Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn in an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; he seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.''
Psalm 22, 23, and 24, all of them by David, belong together because they describe the ''shepherd'' ministries of Jesus Christ. In 22 he is the Good Shepherd who dies for the sheep. In Psalm 23, he is the Great Shepherd who lives for the sheep and cares for them. In Psalm 24 he is the Chief Shepherd who comes for the sheep to take them to glory.
I want us to think of the rejected Savior as we look at this glimpse of the cross.
1. HE WAS FORSAKEN BY THE FATHER.
Jesus quoted verse 1 when he was on the cross. ''My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?'' God would not hear him, God would not have him, God would not help him.
-He cried these words at the ninth hour, at the close of a three hour period of darkness. In verse 2 we may have the alternate periods of light and darkness.
-When one is forsaken by the Father he is in darkness. ''And this is the condemnation, that light has come into the world, and men love darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.'' People will attack what they don't comprehend, ...
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