Prophecy of the Cross

Harry Buis

READ : Psalm 22:1-18

This Psalm expresses the feelings of David, but it also de scribes details of the crucifixion of his great descendant Jesus who called attention to this Psalm when He expressed his agony by quoting the first verse, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Jesus suffered the agony of hell in our place.

Verses 6 through 8 describe Jesus’ suffering the insults hurled at Him as He hung on the cross. His tremendous thirst causing Him to cry out “I thirst” is predicted in verse 15. The next verse predicts the torment due to the nails driven through His flesh. Verse 18 describes how the soldiers would dispose of His garments. All these predictions were fulfilled on Calvary about a thousand years later!

But the victory following Jesus’ crucifixion is also predicted. Verse 29 says that “all who go down to the dust will kneel before him.” The New Testament says that every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. The great missionary efforts of the church are predicted when verse 30 says “Future generations will be told about the Lord.”

This Psalm points forward to the crucifixion. The gospel records tell us that it happened. And why? So that trusting in Jesus you might be assured that all your sins are forgiven and you will experience His blessings now and forever.


Father, I trust in Your Son and rejoice that He has saved me. In His name. Amen.