Psalm 22:la and Mark 15:34b
“My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
The first Good Friday was the day in which the hand of God was more evident on Earth than on any other day since the Great Flood. God’s hand was especially evident to those who knew the Old Testament Scriptures, while even the Roman centurion could see it.
In Psalm 22, King David described the details of the Savior’s crucifixion and gave the very words that the Savior would speak as well as the words that would be said by the bystanders. He wrote this a thousand years before it all took place! He described, in detail, what it felt like to be crucified, even though that torture had not yet been invented. He described Christ’s pierced hands and feet, and even how the soldiers divided the Savior’s clothes and cast lots for His robe.
Even though this detailed and accurate prediction was widely distributed in writing long before the event, many scientists, who so value prediction to prove theory, claim that Jesus’ death was not extraordinary and possibly even a myth. But God’s Hand in human history could not be more clear than it is here. That detailed description of Christ’s death for your sin and mine a thousand years before it happened is so dramatic because it is God’s greatest desire that you accept what He has done for you on the cross of Calvary.
Dear loving Father, I thank You that You sent Your Son to pay the grievous penalty of my sin. I thank You that You have called me by Your gospel and made me Your child through the forgiveness of sins. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Photo: Psalm 22 (Psalm 21 in Septuagint) in the St. Albans Psalter, 12th century. The first words of the Psalm in the Latin Vulgate are “Deus, Deus meus,” abbreviated here as DS DS MS.