The Cross is the most popular jewelry item in the world. In the west, even secular people use them, for some reason or another. Even bad biker gangs have insignia in the form of a cross celebrating- God knows what. To those living in the Roman Empire, 2000 years ago, the Cross was NO ‘fasthion statement”. It was a brutal instrument of torture, mayhem, and death which the Romans inflicted on their enemies, far and wide.
The most famous Person to be executed on the Cross was, of course, the Lord Jesus Christ. Were it not for Him, no one would know what crucifixion was, outside of a history class. Also, no one would know that it was the Sin of ALL mankind there – Jewish and Roman (or Gentile) which precipitated the Sacrifice of the God’s Son as the Propitiation (Satisfactory) payment for our sins
Almost 1000 years before Christ (BC) was nailed to the Cross by evil men on Good Friday, the very same words He would utter on there were prophesied and written down by King David, the poet/prophet/king of Israel. It was not just the immortal statements uttered by Christ which came from Psalm 22, but what actually took place from the point of view of God Who became a man – the Lord Jesus! It is a vantage point which believers, who are indwelled by the Holy Spirit of God Who moved the pen of David to write this, will immediately recognize. Jesus is literally describing what He physically experiences in this psalm, in graphic detail! it should make us cringe. It was our vile sin which caused this to occur.
Therefore, the vivid, heartbreaking, painful and incredibly horrific events are now presented, as remembrance – without comment – from prophetic Messianic Psalm 22 (written around 940 BC) in BLUE along with the actual fulfillment of these prophesies, from Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke in RED (of events from 33 AD).
My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? - verse 1a
About the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "ELI, ELI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?" that is, "MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME? - verse 46
6 But I am a worm and not a man, a reproach of men and despised by the people.
7 All who see me sneer at me; they separate with the lip, they wag the head, saying,
8 “Commit yourself to the Lord; let Him deliver him; let Him rescue him because He delights in him.”
41 So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, 42 “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. 43 He trusts in God; let God deliver him now if he desires him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”
JESUS DESCRIBES WHAT IT FEELS LIKE FROM THE CROSS HERE:
14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; it is melted within me.
15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue cleaves to my jaws;
And You lay me in the dust of death.
16 For dogs have surrounded me; a band of evildoers has encompassed me; they pierced my hands and my feet.***
17 I can count all my bones. they look, they stare at me;
18 They divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.
35 When they had crucified him,*** they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
24 And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get.
34 Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
Jesus then completed the Work which the Father had given Him to do: It is finished!" And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit (John 19:30b)