“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish?” Psalm 22:1
Imagine for a moment that a parchment was unearthed in an archeological dig that proved to be nearly a thousand years old. As it was deciphered, it outlined the attack on the United States on September 11, 2001. It would have been prophesied centuries before the United States was even birthed, outlining the means of destruction long before planes entered the picture. It even spoke some of the same words that would be spoken that fateful day. The document would be hailed as a miraculous prophetic work that could be trusted because of its accuracy and attention to detail fulfilled before our very eyes.
That is exactly what Psalm 22 does for us. This psalm, written about 1,000 years before the birth of Christ, is history written in advance. It is a step by step account of the crucifixion of Christ. It was written before crucifixion was even used as a means of execution and yet it is the event recorded before it came to be.
It even begins with the cry that would escape the lips of our Savior as He suffered the agony of the cross and experienced the abandonment and isolation that our sins dealt Him: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
It is the only place on earth ever to be completely abandoned by God. He turned His back on our sins, resulting in His turning away from His Son. It wasn’t until the blood of Jesus covered every sin and the debt was paid in full with His last breath that sin was washed away.
He was forsaken so we can be welcomed in.
It was proclaimed hundreds of years before it happened, proof that it is true.
Psalm 22 is an adventure into the miraculous, mysterious, majestic.
Jesus, thank You that because You were willing to be forsaken, I never have to be.