April is the month we celebrate Resurrection Sunday known to most Christians as Easter - but I have chosen the Crucifixion Psalm known as Psalm 22.

 

The Lord uses foot-washing to make a distinction between regeneration and rebound.

JOH 13:10  Jesus said to him, "He who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you."

 

JOH 13:1  having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.

When was the last time that you really ever contemplated just how truly, physically painful it must have been for Him to be whipped, crowned with thorns, bear the cross, and have iron spikes driven into His hands and feet?

 

He also underwent great emotional stress in the garden of Gethsemane the night before His death from being abandoned by friends, and the thought of His humiliation and the cruel death by crucifixion.

 

LUK 22:44 And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground. Called =  “hematohidrosis..”

 

A description of  “hematohidrosis” is as follows = “Around the sweat glands, there are multiple blood vessels in a net-like form.” Under the pressure of great stress the vessels constrict.

Then as the anxiety passes “the blood vessels dilate to the point of rupture.

The blood goes into the sweat glands.” As the sweat glands are producing a lot of sweat, it pushes the blood to the surface - coming out as droplets of blood mixed with sweat.

Great weight = He would soon bear the terrible trauma of taking the guilt for all of our sins upon Him and that the Father would forsake him and thus he would endure a form of hell itself for lost sinners.

“He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth.” (Isa 53:5,7, NKJV)

He was  about to be forsaken by God the Father for the first time ever = 2CO 5:21  He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

It was so painful and shocking for Him in His humanity, that He kept on crying out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" that is, "My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?," MAT 27:46.

The Psalm of the Crucifixion is PSA 22 = the suffering and death of Christ 1,000 years before He actually gave his life upon the cross.

 

Begins - My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me? (Psa 22:1)
Ends - "kiy asah" in verse 31, translated He has performed {it.} meaning "It is finished."

 

There is no more accurate expression of our Lord's thoughts and feelings during the awful six hours on the cross in all of the Scriptures than what we have in Psalm 22.

 

This was the continued prayer of our Lord during the darkness that surrounded the cross from 12 noon ‑ 3 PM, when He was being judged for our sins.

 

God the Father was imputing our sins to Christ and judging them from His Justice and His Holiness - He couldn't answer the prayer for deliverance on the Cross because God can have nothing to with sin, Hab 1:13.

In PSA 22:4‑5, Jesus even pointed out to the Father that He had previously delivered Israel under severe conditions.

 

Out of all the Jewish difficulties and miseries, their faith brought them out of it by calling God to the rescue but in the case of our Lord, His perfect faith brought no assistance from Heaven.

 

HEB 13:5  "I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,"

The Hebrew word for a worm is "rimmah", which means a maggot but the Hebrew word Jesus used here for worm, is TOLAH, which means a crimson worm or scarlet worm.

 

When it was time for the female crimson worm to have babies (which she does only one time in her life), she finds the trunk of a tree.

Not only does the mother's body give protection for her babies, but it also provides them with food - the babies feed on the body of the mother.

 

And as the mother Crimson worm dies, she oozes a crimson or scarlet red dye which not only stains the wood she is attached to, but also her young children.

 

MAT 26:28  this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.

 

After three days, the dead mother Crimson worm's body loses its crimson color and turns into a white wax which falls to the ground like snow.

 

Just like the Crimson worm, the Lord Jesus Christ sacrificed His life on a tree so that his children might be washed with his crimson blood and their sins cleaned white as snow.

ISA 1:18, "Come now, and let us reason together," Says the Lord, "Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool."

 

He was being crushed for our sins, so that you and I, as members of the royal family of God, could wear the crimson robe of the royal family forever.

 

ISA 52:14, Just as many were astonished at you, {My people,} So His appearance was marred more than any man, And His form more than the sons of men.

 

MAT 27:39-40, And those passing by were hurling abuse at Him, wagging their heads, and saying, "You who {are going to} destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the Cross."

 

This was the only prayer of our Lord Jesus Christ that could not be answered because it was the way of our so great salvation, HEB 2:3.

PSA 22:8 was fulfilled in MAT 27:41-43, In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking {Him,} and saying, "He saved others; He cannot save Himself.

 

He is the King of Israel; let Him now come down from the cross, and we shall believe in Him. He trusts in God; let Him deliver {Him} now, if He takes pleasure in Him; for He said, 'I am the Son of God.'"

 

HEB 12:3, For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you may not grow weary and lose heart.

 

 

"Be not far from Me" means that His great sorrow was that God had forsaken Him, His great prayer is that He would be near Him.

MAT 27:1 Now when morning had come, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put Him to death;

 

LUK 22:44, And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground.

 

His bones were out of joint but not broken, JOH 19:36, For these things came to pass, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, "Not a bone of Him shall be broken."

 

MAR 14:33-34, And He took with Him Peter and James and John, and began to be very distressed and troubled. And He said to them, "My soul is deeply grieved to the point of death;"

 

JOH 19:28 tells us why He cried out when He said  "I am thirsty"; And Thou dost lay me in the dust of death.

 

LUK 23:10-11, And the chief priests and the scribes were standing there, accusing Him vehemently. And Herod with his soldiers, after treating Him with contempt and mocking Him, dressed Him in a gorgeous robe and sent Him back to Pilate.

 

This was a fulfillment of ZEC 12:10 and another reason why this Psalm does not ultimately refer to David like some teach.

This was a fulfillment of ISA 52:14, Just as many were astonished at you, My people, So His appearance was marred more than any man, And His form more than the sons of men.

 

They are those found in MAT 27:36, And when they had crucified Him, they sat down and they began to keep watch over Him there. 


MAT 27:35, And when they had crucified Him, they divided up His garments among themselves, casting lots;

 

The sword is found in ZEC 13:7, "Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, And against the man, My Associate," Declares the Lord of hosts. "Strike the Shepherd that the sheep may be scattered;

 

And the power of the dog represent the Romans who were Gentiles.

 

The Lion's mouth is a reference to Satan in 1PE 5:8, Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

 

The wild oxen refers to the authorities of the land in ACT 4:27, "For truly in this city there were gathered together against Thy holy servant Jesus, whom Thou didst anoint, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel,"

 

LUK 22:53, "While I was with you daily in the temple, you did not lay hands on Me; but this hour and the power of darkness are yours."

 

REV 12:10-11, And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, "Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come,"

 

 

 

for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them before our God day and night. And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even to death."

 

GAL 6:14, But may it never be that I should boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

 

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