April 29, 2022

Psalms 21:9-11 – Christ’s Appeal To The Father

Continuing on in Christ’s final moments as foretold in the Psalms, Jesus makes a final appeal to God to save Him from this pain, anguish and humiliation.  Keeping in mind here that Christ was going through a more painful event than any of us could ever imagine, crucifixion was possibly the most inhumane form of punishment, without getting to gory, it should also be pointed out that Christ hung for hours, this isn’t like today’s one and done executions with an electric chair or lethal injection of even a firing squad.  This was a long at torturous process that took a full six hours, being mounted on a cross…by nails… while at the same time, being pulled down by your own body weight…unimaginable suffering.  So while we paint a rather grotesque, but important backdrop here, let’s now see what Christ says in the Psalms:

Psa 22:9  Yet You are He who brought me forth from the womb; You made me trust when upon my mother’s breasts.

Psa 22:10  Upon You I was cast from birth; You have been my God from my mother’s womb.

Psa 22:11  Be not far from me, for trouble is near; For there is none to help.

Christ’s appeal to God the Father is, Lord you sent me into this world, literally…remembering the virgin birth from the Holy Spirit, please help me.  No one else is helping me…a truly sad state of affairs that our Savior had to undergo to pay our debts.  The masses were wooed by His works and miracles but want nothing to do with Him now.  Remember when He fed the masses with just a couple of fish and a few loafs of bread?  Those same people who once adored Him have now jumped on the anti-Jesus bandwagon or turned a blind eye to His sufferings, since Christ can’t get any help from His fair-weather friends, He calls on God to help Him, because humans will not.  

As a side note, not much has changed with human condition, when there is something in it for us, everyone wants to know you, but when you can’t directly benefit someone, you can often feel as along as Christ did in His final moments.  We humans are a fickle and flaky people…full of sin, especially compared to Christ, who became our sin and died for us so that we could live.  

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