A Psalm Jesus Quoted
by Dr. Dan Sharp, Minister of Worship
Psalm 22 begins with the very familiar words Jesus spoke from the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” The next verse reiterates the sense of abandonment.
Think about it. Jesus knew that his heavenly Father protected him at birth when Herod sought to kill him and when his home town synagogue sought to throw him over a cliff. If there ever was someone in close touch with God in heaven, it was Jesus, God on earth. Yet these verses of this psalm surfaces in his mind as he hangs on the cross.
Often the immediate circumstance we find ourselves in is overwhelming and we react isogetically. (“Isogesis” means to isolate a single event out of the context of the whole.) Without minimizing the horror of the moment, Jesus also knew the last half of the psalm. “…he has not hidden his face from him, but has listened to his cry for help.”
There is always deliverance when we look at the biggest picture. Death will never win because it has already been defeated. The only thing that dies when a Christian departs this earth, is death. Jesus’ victory on the cross has made sure of that.