The Cross as seen by David
By Jabez Muthyala
September 28, 2020
“They pierced my hands and my feet” Psalm 22:16
“I thirst” Psalm 69:21, John 19:28
“Eloi, Eloi, lama Sabachtani. My God, my God why have you forsaken me” Psalm 22:1, Mark 15:34
A mob of evil men has surrounded me and wants to kill me (v16). They have crucified me, am bleeding blood badly, my internal organs are in sickness and turmoil, am having multiple heart attacks, my bones are dislocated, am in unbearable pain and agony. Am thirsty and dehydrated, blanking out, feeling very weak, almost at the point of death. (v14-15) Psalm 22.
All those rowdies are gloating over me and giving me dialogues, if God will save me(v7,8). Evil men are casting a lottery for my shirt, pant and robes (v18). My God, my God why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me? (v1). There is none to help, save me from evil men and satan. God, help me quickly (v19-21), else I will die. Psalm 22.
When I said I am thirsty, they gave me gall to drink and vinegar to quench my thirst. Psalm 69:21, Mark 15:36.
The price is paid, the sin-offering for mankind is complete, It is finished (Done). (Psalm 22:31).
Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither will you allow your Holy One to see corruption. Psalm 16:10, Peters quotes the Psalm in Acts 2: 25-36, explaining Jesus Resurrection.
Jesus is the Victor! The Kingdom is the Lord’s, and He is the Governor over all countries. – Psalm 22:28.
The above are lines paraphrased from Davidic Psalms 22, 69, 16 etc. Even in the original, they are in First Person.
David had a clear understanding of the Cross and the death of the Messiah as the basis for his Personal Salvation. The most graphic description of the Cross is Not in the Gospels, but in Psalm 22. Out of the 7 words from the Cross, 3 are from Davidic Psalms. All the Gospel writers referred to Psalm 22 (v18), when talking about the casting of lots at the Cross. They were saying Psalm 22 is fulfilled in full. Psalm 22, 16, 69, 40 are all Davidic Psalms!
Many of us read Davidic Psalms, without understanding David’s savior. No wonder we don’t walk in David’s victory. Even Peter in Acts 2 used David’s prophecies in Psalm 16:8-10 To PROVE that Jesus is the Christ. We don’t have the revival that Peter experienced in Acts 2, because we don’t know the Messiah of David correctly.
Next time you read Psalm 23, throw out the notions of green pastures like a British countryside, bleating sheep and a nice shepherd. Its about Jesus, its about the Cross. He is David’s rock, savior, king, pastor, shepherd, and God.
When in doubt, come to the Cross. Make it a point daily, to spend even a few minutes at the Cross. Being at the Cross is the Safest place to be. It is a place of reality about ourselves, of God’s Judgement for all sin, it’s the place of truth, of cleansing, of forgiveness, a place of immense love and assurance from Jesus our elder brother. It’s the place of Victory – over lies, snide remarks, fake news, rowdies, evil society etc. Here Jesus won the victory over sickness, betrayals, cold-blooded murder and death. Christ also won the battle over satanic forces, their guiles and temptations. Jesus paid an immense price and deserves All the Glory.
This week, may you find some solace at the Cross and some victory.
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