“Because He Was Forsaken”

February 1, 2015

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Psalm 22 is a powerful prophetic Psalm of David written a 1,000 years prior to Jesus Christ.  Like Psalm 69 and Isaiah 53, Psalm 22 vividly points to the crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord. The opening verse was cried out by Jesus on the cross: “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”  With our sins imputed upon our Lord, a revulsive yet gloriously redemptive moment in time unfolded as God the Father and God the Son experienced an agonizing separation, prompting such a cry as this.  As the Psalm continues and the gospel accounts attest, Jesus’ death would be followed by His triumphant rise from the dead and ascension to the throne.  Such unspeakable suffering just to make us His again, even His again forevermore.  This is the Gospel.  Billy James Foote’s prayerful hymn, “You Are My King (Amazing Love)” declares it with potent simplicity: “I’m forgiven because You were forsaken; I’m accepted, You were condemned. I’m alive and well, Your Spirit is within me–because You died and rose again.”

Bible References

  • Psalm 22:1 - 31
  • Matthew 27:27 - 50
  • John 20:24 - 28
  • Acts 2:22 - 24
  • Isaiah 53:4 - 5