6 But I am a worm, and no man;
A reproach of men, and despised by the people.
7 All those who see Me ridicule Me;
They shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
8 “He trusted in the Lord, let Him rescue Him;
Let Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him!”
9 But You are He who took Me out of the womb;
You made Me trust while on My mother’s breasts.
10 I was cast upon You from birth.
From My mother’s womb
You have been My God.
11 Be not far from Me,
For trouble is near;
For there is none to help.
12 Many bulls have surrounded Me;
Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled Me.
13 They gape at Me with their mouths,
Like a raging and roaring lion.
14 I am poured out like water,
And all My bones are out of joint;
My heart is like wax;
It has melted within Me.
15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd,
And My tongue clings to My jaws;
You have brought Me to the dust of death.
16 For dogs have surrounded Me;
The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me.
They pierced My hands and My feet;
17 I can count all My bones.
They look and stare at Me.
18 They divide My garments among them,
And for My clothing they cast lots.
It is difficult for us to understand prophecy given and prophecy fulfilled. Here in Psalm 22, hundreds of years before Christ and even before the practice of crucifixion, the Psalmist portrays the crucified Lord Jesus Christ. We read here about the unknowable misery of the Savior’s human body. His suffering was physical, emotional and spiritual. He was rejected by man, by friends, and by God. He was mocked and humiliated to the very core of who He was by those who denied everything about Him.
No one there that day knew what was taking place. No one there knew that the Father was behind this stage and that He had arranged every player to accomplish His purposes. But the Son took the full brunt of the Father’s wrath for our sins. The Son took the full shame for all that we would do to shame the Father. The Son received the blows of heart and mind that we deserved. The Son, as predicted both here and in Isaiah 53, bore the anger of hell and earth as men and demons determined to make His last hours on earth the worst they could possibly be.
As we consider Good Friday, let us in no way minimize the crucifixion of Jesus. Let us not pass this off with anything less than the full burden (at least as much as we can understand) that He bore for us. Let our love for our Lord Jesus, the only Savior, the only Redeemer increase more and more as we consider His beautiful and horrible sacrifice so that we could have peace with God through saving justification. Hallelujah, what a Savior!
If you can, join us at 7:00 tonight for a reminder of the work of Christ on our behalf. Dave, Rob, Tom and myself will be bringing thoughts on the last hours of the life of Christ from the book of Matthew.
We passed out many invitations in Naperville and at North Central College yesterday. Pray that some people will come.
Have a great day in the Lord,