“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from helping Me, and from the words of My roaring? O My God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear; and in the night season, and am not silent. But You are holy, O You that inhabits the praises of Israel. Our fathers trusted in You: they trusted, and You did deliver them. They cried unto You, and were delivered: they trusted in You, and were not confounded. But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. All they that see Me laugh Me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, He trusted on the LORD that He would deliver Him: let Him deliver Him, seeing He delighted in Him. But You are He that took Me out of the womb: You did make Me hope when I was upon My mother’s breasts. I was cast upon You from the womb: You are My God from My mother’s belly.” Psalm 22:1-10 (KJV) Please read all of Psalm 22.
I can remember the first time I read this with my eyes open by the Spirit of God. It was a moment of awakening, and I remembered when Jesus spoke these words of the first verse as He was hanging and dying accursed on the cross of Calvary. See Matthew 27:46, and Mark 15:33-34.
Though these words were penned down by David, the “Sweet Psalmist of Israel” (2 Samuel 23:1) they were spoken by God from the ages past when he determined from the foundation of the world (1 Peter 1:20) to send His Son Jesus to bleed and die to pay for the redemption of mankind.
Every time I read the gospels and especially of the trial, judgment, beating, humiliation, and nailing of Jesus to that cross I find myself weeping. To know that the Almighty God; the All-Knowing, All-Powerful, All-Present and Immutable GOD could love me. For many years following my salvation, coming to Jesus as my Lord and Savior I questioned His love for me. I even doubted it at times; but in the not too distant past, I came to realize His love so deep, so marvelous, so powerful, so consuming, that I no longer question, neither do I doubt God’s love for me or anyone else. I am awed every day by God’s love for myself and the rest of the world. What I question now is my love for Him.
How much does God love the world? How much does God love you? So much that He gave the best He had to save, to redeem us, to call us to Himself. He gave us His Son, His only begotten Son. His holy Son. His Son Jesus was without sin–without spot or blemish; and He willingly laid down His life for our sin.
Now the question is; What will you do with Jesus?