Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:45-46
Matthew 27 contains the account of the crucifixion of Jesus and it is laced with stunning references to the Old Testament scriptures that prophesied what would happen when the Messiah would suffer and die. One of these references alludes to an amazing irony of world history. When Jesus cried out, "Eli, Eli lema sabachthani?" he was misunderstood by his hearers. They thought he was calling upon Elijah to rescue him. However, he has already made it clear in the garden of Gethsemane that the Father Himself would have sent 1000's of angels to rescue him, if he had chosen to avoid the cross. Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? Matthew 26:53 But Jesus was actually quoting the first verse of Psalm 22...one of those truly stunning OT prophecies that contain details of the suffering and death of the Messiah. I believe that Jesus was indicating in scriptural code language to people down through all the ages, that when they would hear about these 23 words he spoke from the cross, they should go back and re-read the entire Psalm to provide them with insider information about his view of what he was enduring. In his weakness on the cross, he was boldly proclaiming to every being in heaven and on earth that he knew he was living out the dramatic journey of Psalm 22! And though this prayer begins with the agony of embracing a terrible and unjust death that perfectly describes crucifixion...500 years before it was invented as a form of execution...it concludes with a triumphant declaration that the whole world would be blessed and made new by the outcomes of his suffering and death. All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you. For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations. Psalm 22:27-28 In that moment, Jesus was revealing to us the nature of "the joy that was set before him" that empowered him to "endure the cross and lightly regard it's shame". (Hebrews 12:1-3) Talk about a hero...come on!
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