Jesus continues to drink from the cup of the wrath of God. He was stripped of His disciples. He was stripped of His “religion.” He was stripped of His closest friend.
Jesus Before Pilate- Jesus is stripped of His last recourse in the law of the land: The Romans.
The Soldiers Mock Jesus- Jesus is stripped of His dignity.
The Crucifixion of Jesus- Jesus is stripped of His life.
The Death of Jesus- Jesus quoted Psalm 22:1. If you have never studied Psalm 22, IT’S TIME! Bryan did a video on this psalm last week. Here is the link: Wednesday Morning Blessings 4-1-20
I would like to point out a few things:
- Jesus quoted the first verse and the last verse from the cross. It may have been how He passed the time. It was certainly the way for us to know that His job was completed. What began in the garden was finished on the cross. Jesus had drunk the entire cup of wrath. It was all now in Him and when He died, EVERY sin from Eve to the last person on earth went to the GRAVE! What a miracle!!! It goes SO BEYOND our capacity to understand.
- Every devout Jew would have, at least in his mind, continued the text. It was a well-known psalm which pointed to the coming Messiah.
- Several prophecy verses were fulfilled that day:
- Verses 7-8, the insults. Matthew 27:39-44
- Verses 14-15. A description of crucifixion. History tells us that a person became extremely dehydrated from loss of blood, thus very thirsty.
- Verse 16, pierced hands and feet. John 20:27
- Verse 18, casting lots. Mark 15:24
- Verse 31, righteousness declared to a people yet unborn. This verse is being fulfilled TODAY!
- The psalm ends with the Hebrew word, “Asah,” which means “to accomplish or fulfill.” “Tetelestai,” which means, “It is finished,” is used in John 19:28 and in verse 30 for Jesus’ statement on the cross. It was also used in Greek business for the completion of a contract meaning, “Paid in full.”
- The relationship of God the Father and God the Son is way beyond our comprehension. Did God forsake God? Was it a rhetorical question, which was a technique that David used in many of his psalms? Based upon verse 24, I think so. Could it be that Jesus the Man was so overwhelmed by our sin that He couldn’t “sense” the Father? Does that mean that God the Father had turned away? Based upon verse 24, I say no. Instead, just the opposite! It is the prophecy of this psalm–WHICH JESUS WAS QUOTING–that testifies to what was to come because of His obedience. Verses 25-31 bear this truth out.
As we look at the cross today, Good Friday, let us “keep our eyes on the prize,”
6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
Let us PRAISE THE LORD for such a loving Father and devoted Son. Because of His sacrifice, we are CHILDREN OF GOD and beloved by the Father. 1 John 3:1.
Tomorrow: THE RESURRECTION!