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Jesus – The Suffering Servant

Welcome to Day 5 of our 40-days with the Lord. Today we are reading Psalm 21-25 and Proverbs 5. All of these chapters contain some great stuff, but Psalm 22 is the passage that grabbed my attention today – especially since we’ve just recently remembered Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.

Psalm 22 is especially heavy because it speaks prophetically about the death of Jesus Christ, the suffering servant. It starts out with, “My God, my God, why hast though forsaken me?” Where have we heard that before? That’s right. Those are the words Jesus spoke right before that gut-wrenching moment when he died on the cross.

I’ve always been drawn to Isaiah 52 and 53 because they speak of the things that Christ physically endured for us. Psalm 22 adds to that detail as it describes them giving him vinegar to drink and mocking him, but it also gives us insight into the emotional and spiritual anguish that he went through, and it’s heart-breaking. With the sin of the world on his shoulders, God the Father had to look away. David wrote about never being able to hide from the Father’s presence (Psalm 139:7), but at that moment Jesus, the second person of the trinity, was even separated from the Father. He was utterly alone.

Michael Card sang this Psalm in his song “Death of a Son”. In it, you can almost feel the sorrow of the Savior.

He suffered greatly (physically, spiritually, and emotionally), but we know the rest of the story. After paying the price for our sin, Jesus was raised from the dead and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He is risen…He is risen, indeed. Our sins are forgiven, and we have new life in Christ. Hallelujah, hallelujah!

May the Lord bless you and keep you, my friends.

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