My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Forsaken -- reality or imagination
My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? Far from my deliverance are the words of my groaning.
(Psalms 22:1 NASB)
They divide my garments among them, And for my clothing they cast lots.
(Psalms 22:18 NASB)
But You, O LORD, be not far off; O You my help, hasten to my assistance.
(Psalms 22:19 NASB)
You who fear the LORD, praise Him; All you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him, And stand in awe of Him, all you descendants of Israel.
(Psalms 22:23 NASB)
For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted;
Nor has He hidden His face from him; But when he cried to Him for help,
(Psalms 22:24 NASB)
All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, And all the families of the nations will worship before You.
(Psalms 22:27 NASB)
For the kingdom is the LORD’S And He rules over the nations.
(Psalms 22:28 NASB)
They will come and will declare His righteousness To a people who will be born, that He has performed it. (Psalms 22:31 NASB)
How often have we read about Jesus' words as he hang dying on the
cross. Jesus cries out, "My God, my God why have you forsaken me." In
our contemporary understanding we find ourselves speculating on what
those words meant to Jesus Christ. I've heard preachers say that God
had to abandon Jesus at the moment of his death because of the sin which
he carried, that his Father could no longer face the son, and that
Jesus is left to die all alone. However, it is at that moment on the
cross that Jesus cries out the beginning verse of a Psalm of lament
found in Psalm 22. Often in the New Testament the first few lines of a
familiar scripture are brought to us because we are supposed to be
educated as those first century readers were -- we are to know these
verses from memory and understand that the first line is simply a hint
at the whole story. Therefore as you look back at the Psalm which Jesus
is quoting we find .... the rest of the story!
It is in this scripture that we find the prophesy about Jesus'
clothing. As Jesus is dying he is pointing toward the fulfillment of
the prophecies from the past. He is saying, look -- they are coming to
fruition right now before you as the soldiers cast lots for my clothing.
Also, rather than being alone, this Psalm brings about the fact that
God is not far off. As a matter of fact, God is looking on at Jesus
afflictions, and refuses to hide his face from him. As Jesus cries out
for help, God continues to keep his face toward him, constantly reaching
out to him. One can almost hear the voice of a grateful Father, "Thank
you, my son. I love you, my child. You are almost there, you can do
The final part of the Psalm brings us to Christ's victory. The cross
which was such an ugly symbol of death and execution would be
transformed into a symbol of hope for the future. It would become a
symbol of worship for the generations to come. Today we find the cross
in the center of our worship as we remember Christ's victory on the
cross and the ushering in of God's kingdom here on this earth.
That very moment on the cross represented a cosmic shift as Jesus
became victorious over sin and death, and established his kingdom here
on this, a kingdom that would await its completion when Jesus would
Too often, in the dark days of our lives, we have somehow thought
that God has forsaken us. We have taken this scripture and allowed it
to become an excuse for us, believing that if God would turn his back on
his own son, then surely he must have his back turned on us. Nothing
could be further from the truth. Rather, we are the ones who have
turned our backs to God, and that is why we cannot see his face. He
never turns his face from you. He is always looking at you and seeking
you out in a desire to draw you to him. You are not forsaken, but
rather, you are God's precious child whom he loves. Don't create
barriers between you and God where there are none. While you may try to
ignore him, you will discover, He will never leave you.
Are you feeling forsaken today? Ask yourself why? Is it real, or simply imagined?
Lord, I thank you that you do not turn your back on us. Please,
help me to walk in fellowship with you each and every single day. Amen.