Scripture Reading: Psalm 22:1-5
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning.” (Psalm 22:1)
No believer can read this Psalm without being vividly confronted with the crucifixion of our Savior. It is a prophecy that was fulfilled by the suffering of Jesus Christ. It points to the humiliation of our Lord Jesus as He suffered the agony of the cross.
Many do not realize that Jesus was quoting the opening verse of Psalm 22 when He cried out to His Father — “About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lama Sabachthani?’ — which means, ‘My God, My God, why have Your forsaken Me?'” (Matthew 22:46)
Jesus became the atoning sacrifice for our sins when He suffered on the cross. To understand why He said these words to the Father, we must turn to Galatians 3:13 — “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: ‘Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.'” Jesus, the sinless Son of God, became sin for us — “God made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God” (II Corinthians 5:21).
Do you see the meaning of Jesus’ words? On the cross Jesus became a curse for us. The idea of a curse is one of separation, loss of favor, rejection. The wrath of God was poured out upon our Savior and He was separated from His Father because He voluntarily bore our sins. He was rejected because He had taken upon Himself our sins and paid for them on the cross.
Never, never take lightly the suffering and death of Jesus Christ. He paid the ultimate price for our sins. He was forsaken for our sakes so that we will never know such a curse.
Lord Jesus, Lamb of God, I can never thank You enough for what You have done for me. You took all my sins upon Yourself. You bore the agony of the cross. You were forsaken for my sake. Through Your sacrificial work, my sins are forgiven and I am made righteous by Your righteousness imputed to me.
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