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Excellent Post!

I just saw this, thank you for posting! People who are not familiar with the Bible often are not aware of how many prophesies Jesus Christ actually fulfilled; many of them written 500 years and longer before he actually was born. A great example is found in Matthew 27:46, when Jesus utters one of his final statements "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?". To many of the Gentiles (non Jews) in the crowd it must have appeared to them that Jesus was confirming what many of the Pharisees had been proclaiming all along; that he had not in fact come from God.

However, to the Jewish people, including the Pharisees who were present, that statement did exactly the opposite. They would have known immediately that Jesus was quoting directly from Psalm 22, which was written by King David some 500 years earlier. Psalm 22 states in part "My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring..." this Psalm goes on to provide chilling detail of much of what Jesus had just and was continuing to suffer: "But I am a worm, and no man, a reproach of men, and despised of the people....they shake the head saying, He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him......I am poured out like water, and my bones are out of joint, my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. My strength is dried up like a potsherd....and thou hast brought me into the dust of death. For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet...they part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture....

Psalm 22:24-31; however, goes on to state that God "hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him he heard...the meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the Lord that seek him: your heart shall live for ever. All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord; and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee. For the Kingdom is the Lord's; and he is the governor among the nation...a seed shall serve him: it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation. They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he had done this".

In quoting Psalm 22 Jesus had done the exact opposite of what that statement appears to be saying. He was in fact declaring once again to every Jewish person present (who would have know that Psalm word by word) that he was the Messiah that this and all the other prophesies had spoken of! How this must have pierced so many of them to their very souls!

How grateful I am, as a Christian, that the Lord loved us so much that he gave his life as a ransom for us to provide us with the ultimate freedom; freedom from the grip of sin and freedom from the wages of sin, which is death (both physical and spiritual)! How blessed we are to have a God that submit himself even unto death that we may be free! Whom the Son sets free, he is free indeed!