The Bible from beginning to end points to Jesus. The coming Savior was promised in Genesis and details about His life, death, and resurrection were prophesied throughout the Old Testament.
Based on eyewitness Biblical accounts, scholars report that the Gospel accounts tell us that Jesus fulfilled more than 300 of those Old Testament prophecies and promises. And the statistical odds of any one individual accomplishing that are unimaginable.
Psalm 22 is full of specifics about Jesus’ crucifixion.
We know that Jesus said, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” while He was on the cross. But did you know that David said those same words 1000 years earlier?
My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?Psalm 22:1–2
Why are you so far away when I groan for help?
Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer.
Every night I lift my voice, but I find no relief.
Have you ever felt overwhelmingly alone in suffering?
You’re not the only one! David felt that way and because God loves you and me so very much . . . Jesus actually experienced it.
You see, although we may feel like we’re suffering alone, we’re not! No matter how we feel, God is always with us.
The Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.Deuteronomy 31:6
And Jesus said…
“Be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”Matthew 28:20
You and I never have to suffer alone because God promised that He will always be with His children. And we became His children when we gave ourselves in faith to Jesus, the Messiah.
So, let’s look at a few more things David wrote in Psalm 22 about the suffering Messiah…
Everyone who sees me mocks me.Psalm 22:7–9 and Matthew 27:39, 42–43
They sneer and shake their heads, saying,
“Is this the one who relies on the Lord?
Then let the Lord save Him!
If the Lord loves Him so much,
let the Lord rescue Him!”
My strength has dried up like sunbaked clay.Psalm 22:15 and John 19:28a
My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth.
My enemies surround me like a pack of dogs;Psalm 22:16 and Acts 2:23
an evil gang closes in on me.
They have pierced my hands and feet.
They divide my garments among themselvesPsalm 22:18 and John 19:23–24
and throw dice for my clothing.
David prophesied Jesus’ suffering for you and me . . . prophecies that Jesus fulfilled. And because of those fulfilled promises, you and I can trust all of God’s promises.
Promises to remind us that when we suffer we can confidently say, “Lord…”
You are my strength; come quickly to my aid! (19a)
He has not ignored or belittled the suffering of the needy.
He has not turned His back on them,
but has listened to their cries for help. (24)
All who seek the Lord will praise Him.Psalm 22
Their hearts will rejoice with everlasting joy. (26b)
David was inspired to prophesy that the Father would allow Jesus to suffer alone so that those who place their trust in Him will never have to suffer alone. That’s how very much the Lord loves us.
A Prayer Thanking God for
the Fulfilled Promises about Jesus
Father, since the first sin in the Garden every one of us is born in sin. We are sinful human beings. Your Word says, “everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” (Romans 3:23) The “wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23) And You gave Jesus to save sinners who are unable to save themselves.
Because of Jesus, Your children no longer have to live under the shadow of eternal punishment. Jesus has set us free from sin, death, and the power of temptation.
We can KNOW this because of Your Word . . . promises You made and revealed through the inspired pages of Scripture. You gave us promises about Jesus that only He could fulfill and You provided the accounts of eyewitnesses to assure us that every word of Yours is absolute TRUTH.
Lord, You led me to trust You. (Psalm 22:9) Thank you for hearing my repentant cries for help. (Psalm 22:9) Thank you for forgiving me. (Ephesians 1:7–8a) Thank you for Jesus. (John 1:14)
Please help me live each day in gratitude telling my story of Your grace, mercy, and love. Help me live every moment of my life for Your glory. Amen.
God inspired David to make one more prophecy about all of us in Psalm 22…
Our children will also serve Him.Psalm 22:30–31
Future generations will hear about the wonders of the Lord.
His righteous acts will be told to those not yet born.
They will hear about everything He has done.
We are telling the world what God has done for us. We are telling the promises about Jesus . . . from the 3,000-year-old words of David to the message of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, you and I are sharing the wonders of the Lord.
And through the work and power of the Spirit, future generations will continue to hear.
God keeps His promises and that includes His promises about Jesus, so you and I can trust that He will keep His promise to come again and take us home.
Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him.Hebrews 9:28
May you be blessed as you trust Jesus and share the wonders of His love.
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