As we contemplate the prophecies of Christ for Advent, we should turn to perhaps the most remarkable of them all. In Psalm 22, we have a first person prophecy (not “he” but “I” and “my”), one which takes us into the consciousness of Christ on the Cross.
Here we have the manner of His torment (“they have pierced my hands and feet”); the bodily racking of crucifixion (“all my bones are out of joint”); His thirst (“my tongue sticks to my jaws”); the mockery (“all who see me mock me”); the taunting (“He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him”); the soldiers gambling for His clothing (“they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots”). And, most wrenching, His cry of being forsaken (“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).
I have heard it said that Jesus here was not really feeling forsaken, that He was expressing his faith by quoting this Psalm. But it is more likely that the Psalm is quoting Jesus. After all, the Psalm gives not only words that can be quoted but actions that were done to Jesus.
But of course there is faith here, even in this desolation. There are even intimations of His resurrection (“I will tell of your name to my brothers;
in the midst of the congregation I will praise you”).
After the jump, read the whole Psalm. I’ve bolded the verses that most stand out for me.