"My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me"
For everyone who've watched ANY movie about #Jesus life, #Crucifixion and #Rising from the dead have heard Jesus use those exact words. And, yes, this is what He cried out while hanging on the #Cross, looking towards the sky. For YEARS in my life, I always wondered WHY Jesus said that? Did #God actually leave Him at His lowest, most painful moment in His #OneAndOnlySon's life!? Could our #Creator REALLY be that cruel?? I wrestled with this sentence for a LONG time and it was a question that I just couldn't answer. I actually had #Pastors and #YouthGroupLeaders in my life that would say something to the fact that God COULDNT be with Jesus at that time because He had ALL the world's #Sin, past, present and future on Him and God can't be where sin is. And this was #Problematic to me because I sinned ALOT at that time in my life (as I do now) and figured that God and the #HolySpirit wasn't/isn't with me MOST the hours of my days. I couldn't fathom this as a believer and actually suffered for it spiritually. But, as I grew in my #Faith and deepened my knowledge of the #Bible, I came across #Psalm22. Once I read this particular Psalm (song), I was elated with #JOY and I want to share it with you this evening (I posted this a few years back, but I think this message THAT important).
Psalm 22 reads:
"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest.
Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the one Israel praises. In you our ancestors put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them. To you they cried out and were saved; in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by everyone, despised by the people. All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads. “He trusts in the Lord,” they say, “let the Lord rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.”
Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast. From birth I was cast on you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God.
Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help.
Many bulls surround me; strong bulls of Bashan encircle me. Roaring lions that tear their prey open their mouths wide against me. I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted within me. My mouth[d] is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death.
Dogs surround me, a pack of villains encircles me; they pierce my hands and my feet. All my bones are on display; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.
But you, Lord, do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me. Deliver me from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dogs. Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; save me from the horns of the wild oxen.
I will declare your name to my people; in the assembly I will praise you. You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! Revere him, all you descendants of Israel! For he has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.
From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly; before those who fear you I will fulfill my vows. The poor will eat and be satisfied; those who seek the Lord will praise him— may your hearts live forever!
All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations.
All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before him— those who cannot keep themselves alive. Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord. They will proclaim his righteousness, declaring to a people yet unborn: He has done it!"
To break it down to a language that even I could understand, Jesus was NOT doing what I thought He was by asking His/our #Father where He was but uttering the first line of #Song that eludes to the #Prophecy being fulfilled by Jesus in that very moment! It would be like me saying:
"Amazing grace, how sweet the sound..."
Most fellow #Believers knows what lines are next (That saved a wretch like me.). This psalm in particular (Psalm22) actually describes what Jesus was going through BEFORE He was nailed to #TheCross and AFTER He dies. This psalm was written about 1000 years before Jesus was even born. He knew the psalm and every #Jew standing at the Crucifixion knew it as well. So as He was dying, he was reminding them of the song that was prophesying what He was going through! Such an #Amazing #Lord! Even in the worst of circumstances, He was thinking of us! And after a short time, Jesus utters one last thing,
"It is finished."
Then, He bowed his head, and died. But not for long!
Loved ones, we are loved so much by our Creator, that #TheLord sent His only son to live among us, only to be #Ridiculed, #Betrayed, #Beaten, #Sentenced and #Crucified! And He did ALL OF THIS for US! Every day, I am #Amazed that ANYONE would go through what Jesus went through... for ME! And He even did this for YOU as well! Take the time to read Psalm 22 again and think of all that He went through and see if you can make the parallel between this song and how Jesus was crucified. It all lines up! #PraiseGod for His #Unfailing love! And Praise God for His #Unconditional love! Its, by far, the greatest gift I've ever received and the greatest #Gift could receive (if accepted) as well! Pray for guidance and wisdom to see all that Jesus has done for you and go with Grace and Love. #Amen!