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.
Well my friends…….... So today on this day of Good Friday when Jesus our Lord was Crucified for our sins, I would like you take back to our Old Testament the book of Psalms Chapter 22.
Hence with our strong faith in changing times I would like to state that the book of Psalms chapter 22 raises three basic questions
Question 1. In the first verse, what is the cry to God?
Question 2. Why did Jesus feel forsaken of the Father?
Question 3. What was the one thing Jesus had dreaded the most?
Well it is about a person who is crying out to God to save him from the taunts and torments of his enemies, and in the last ten verses of this chapter it speaks about thanking God for rescuing him.
I would like to stress this on you all to read this Psalm without reflecting on the use of the first verse by Christ on the Cross with reference to New Testament for book of Matt. 27:46; and Mark 15:34
Hence, here Jesus knew that the Father was near when He was praying. Not even once in His prayers Jesus did not tried to submit to the will of the Father. Further, we are advised to be holy, because our God is holy. We the believers are spiritual and have trust and faith in Jesus our lord. If you want to feel the presence of God, praise Him.
Well looking back to book of Psalms from Verses 1-31: This psalm presents us with a great contrast in mood. Lament characterizes the first 21 verses, while praise and thanksgiving describe the last 10 verses. Prayer accounts for this dramatic shift from lament to praise. It is the story of first being God-forsaken and then God-found and filled.
Let Us Understand in Detail-
The Psalmist’s Hopelessness (22:1-10).
A. His Hopelessness and National History (22:1-5);
B. His Hopelessness and Natal History (22:6-10).
II. The Psalmist’s Prayer (22:11-21).
A. A No-Help Outlook (22:11-18);
B. A Divine-Help Outlook (22:19-21).
III. The Psalmist’s Testimonies and Worship (22:22-31).
A. An Individual Precipitation of Praise (22:22-25);
B. A Corporate Perpetuation of Praise (22:26-31).
Many times, we remember that we have we prayed many times and thought that God did not hear our prayer, and hence it seemed our prayer had not been answered? The Lord Jesus prayed to the Father while He was in the garden of Gethsemane.
There is a growing belief that God does not need to punish people for sin and that His wrath is directed specifically against all the ungodly behavior and unrighteousness of humanity that is damaging them, hurting them, causing them to sin against each other, and anything contrary to His nature.
The Cross is the plan of God from before the foundation of the world to bring reconciliation of the universe, making peace in all things and redeeming humanity from being lost and remaining in the grip of the enemy, and their sinfulness, by casting down the principalities and powers that enslave and oppress them.
The Cross was not about man’s sacrifice to God, but God’s sacrifice to man. It was the ultimate revelation of love that God Himself took the shame and corrupting power of death into Himself and did away with it.
Hence, the Bible says that there is only one thing that can save a sinner from the outpouring of God’s righteous response against sin, and that is placing their wholehearted trust in Christ Jesus