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“Then He said to them, ‘These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and
THE PSALMS CONCERNING ME.’"
There are many psalms which are described as MESSIANIC PSALMS which point forward to the ministry of our Saviour and the one which most clearly points to the cross is Psalm 22. It was true of David in his day but the fulfilment came at the time when great David’s Greater Son died on a cross centuries later. Let’s compare the obvious verses in the psalm with those in the gospels.
Verse 1: “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Mark 15:34 “And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?’”
Verses 7-8: “All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads: ‘He trusts in the LORD; let the LORD rescue him. Let Him deliver Him, since he delights in Him.’” Matthew 27:41-43 “Likewise the chief priests also, mocking with the scribes and elders, said, ‘He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now if He will have Him; for He said, I am the Son of God.'"
Verse 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.” John 19:28 “After this Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, ‘I thirst!’”
Verse 16: “They pierced My hands and My feet.” Mark 15:25 “Now it was the third hour, and they crucified Him.”
Verse 18: “They divide My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.” Matthew 27:35 “Then they crucified Him, and divided His garments, casting lots, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet: ‘They divided My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.’”
Verse 17: “I can count all My bones.” John 19:32-34 “Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs.”
David lived just over 1,000 years before the coming of the Lord and the cross is obviously seen in graphic detail in this psalm. Over and over again the eternal plan of God for His Son to die upon the cross is seen in all parts of the Old Testament scriptures.