PSALM 22: A Prophetic Picture Of The Crucifixion A Thousand Years Before Christ
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PSALM 22 is a prophetic picture of a crucifixion written by King David about 1000 BC, hundreds of years before crucifixion was invented as a cruel form of execution by the Persians about 400-300BC.
Jesus quoted the first and last lines of it as he was dying on the cross.
Below is an outline of the psalm.
A. AN ANGUISHED CRY OF DERELICTION vv 1-10
"My God! My God! Why have you abaondoned me?"
The cry of a person who feels abandoned by God, but reminds himself
that God is faithful.
B. A PROPHETIC PICTURE OF CRUCIFIXION vv 11-21
These verses contain a detailed picture of what the crucified person is
feeling as he dies on the cross.
C. A TRIUMPHANT SHOUT OF RESURRECTION vv 22-31
In these verses the crucified man utters a shout of triumph that God will
raise him to life and vindicate his death, ending with the words vv 30-31:
" Our children will serve him; future generations will be told about the LORD; they will come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn, that HE HAS DONE IT!"
Jesus' Final Shout Of Triumph: "Mission Accomplished!"
In JOHN 19:30 we read that Jesus utters a final shout of triumph as he dies.
When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
He had accomplished the mission God the Father had sent him to do - to destroy the works of the evil one by dying in the place of sinners and rising again from the dead to win the victory over sin, death and satan.
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