Today is “Good Friday,” the day we remember when Jesus was crucified on the cross. Did you know that the events of Jesus’ death and resurrection didn’t just happen by chance, but that it was planned and foretold centuries beforehand? It can be very encouraging to read passages that show Scripture coming true.
This morning we’ll look at a passage that probably wouldn’t be considered a “normal” Easter passage, but it is a passage that literally shows the events of the cross and its impact. It also shows Jesus’ knowledge of the Old Testament. Let’s look at Psalm 22 and see if we recognize any of these verses:
Psalm 22: 1 “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish?”
Psalm 22: 7 “All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads”
Psalm 22: 16-18 “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.”
Psalm 22: 27 “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”
Psalm 22: 29-31 “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! (It is finished!)
As we enter into this important weekend, I pray we’ll all find comfort in the truth of Scripture.