​Psalm 22: snapshots of the Lord’s passion

We know that Scripture cannot be broken, that is, rendered useless.  We also know that the personal suffering of one of our Lord’s ancestors, David, comes to play a large part in assuring us that our Lord’s suffering is the most helpful thing in history and eternity.  Certain words and actions from this psalm appear in the gospels and at least letter as reminders of an unfailing plan and incomparable love.

The famous and painful words.  Mark 15:34.  Psalm 22:1

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? 

The mocking crowd. Mark 15:32.  Psalm 22:8

He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him; let him rescue him, for he delights in him!

The physical abuse. John 19:34.  Psalm 22:16

For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet— 

The casual gaming.  John 19:24.  Psalm 22:18

they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots. 

The crucified’s commitment.  Hebrews 2:12.  Psalm 22:22

I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.

It is tempting to call events that fulfil scripture incredible, but this phenomenon – the relationship between Old Testament texts and events in Christ’s life – is the most credible of all.