The Cross - Psalm 22

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Introduction:

Messianic Psalm
Some of the verses pertain only to the writer
Some of the verses pertain only to the Messiah
Some of the verses are both
Charles Spurgeon introduction to this Psalm
This is beyond all others THE PSALM OF THE CROSS. It may have been actually repeated word by word by our Lord when hanging on the tree; it would be too bold to say that it was so, but even a casual reader may see that it might have been. It begins with, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" and ends, according to some, in the original with "It is finished." For plaintive expressions uprising from unutterable depths of woe we may say of this psalm, "there is none like it." It is the photograph of our Lord's saddest hours, the record of his dying words, the lachrymatory of his last tears, the memorial of his expiring joys. David and his afflictions may be here in a very modified sense, but, as the star is concealed by the light of the sun, he who sees Jesus will probably neither see nor care to see David. Before us we have a description both of the darkness and of the glory of the cross, the sufferings of Christ and the glory which shall follow. Oh for grace to draw near and see this great sight! We should read reverently, putting off our shoes from off our feet, as Moses did at the burning bush, for if there be holy ground anywhere in Scripture it is in this psalm. —Charles Spurgeon
Hebrews 2:17–18 NKJV
Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.

Jesus was forsaken

God’s silence causes us
Jesus experienced the silence of the Father
When we experience the silence of God it does not mean He is absent or has forsaken us
God showed in the beginning He refused to forsake us
Genesis 3:8–9 NKJV
And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”
Genesis 3:
God had already planned a way to restore us back into a relationship with Him that could never be broken
Jesus’ suffering on the cross assures those who believe Christ was dying in their deserved place will never be forsaken by God
Matthew 27:45–46 NKJV
Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
John 6:39 NKJV
This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.
Matthew 27:45-4
John 10:28–30 NKJV
And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one.”
Hebrews 13:5–6 NKJV
Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
Jesus understood that His Father was the mighty God
God’s silence does not mean He is absent
Looking to the mighty God with no doubt

a title of the true God, with a focus on the might and power of God

“...he keeps his hold upon his God with both hands and cries twice,”
Jesus was forsaken so that we would not
Matthew 27:46 NKJV
And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
Reach out to the mighty God with full trust
Reach out even when you’re too weak to mouth thee words
Jesus’ death assures us we will never be forsaken by God
John 6:39 NKJV
This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.
John 10:29–30 NKJV
My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one.”
Hebrews 13:6 NKJV
So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
John 10:29
John 10:28–30 NKJV
And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one.”
John 10:28-30
Hebrews 13:5–6 NKJV
Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
Jesus’ example is to be
Jesus was persistent in His prayers to the Father
Around the clock prayer
Persistent prayer
Luke 18:1 NKJV
Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart,
Jesus’ trust in the Father’s power was not diminished
God is holy and worthy to be praised
God can be trusted (3x) cry to Him
God is able to deliver and not disappoint

Jesus was scorned

Jesus was disrespected by His peers
Scorn strips one’s self-worth
Jesus focused on His relationship with His Father
Jesus faced unimaginable suffering 18

Jesus was bullied

The bullying of the trials
The pain of the crucifixion
Jesus endured it through His Father

Jesus reigns forever