When we have an upcoming event that is of high importance, we tend to shift our attention to it early and often. It could be an exciting opportunity that we can most fully capitalize on with some strong preparation, or even something we dread, perhaps a hard conversation or surgery that will not be pleasant. Either way, our focus dials in to the upcoming life altering episode.
The Old Testament clearly indicates that the Lord does this as well. It is probably part of our legacy as His image bearers. We are like Him when we look well to the future. God began looking toward the cross and resurrection immediately after Adam and Eve’s first sin. All of creation groans under the weight of sins impact and longs for the Redeemer.
There is an amazing passage about the cross of Jesus in Psalm 22. David writes a first person account of what Jesus experienced on the cross. What makes it so incredible is that the Holy Spirit is revealing Jesus’ feelings in His crucifixion 1500 years before it actually happened.
See if these verses sound like Jesus on the cross (Psalm 22:1,6-8,11,12,14-18).
1 My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? Far from my deliverance are the words of my groaning.
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.”
11 Be not far from me, for trouble is near; For there is none to help.
12 Many bulls have surrounded me; Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled me.
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.
The specifics of Jesus’ experience so clearly detailed are mind blowing to read.
Nearly every page of the Old Testament points to the coming Messiah with many references to His sacrifice for us. If God spent so much time and effort getting ready for Easter, we might be wise to do the same. Spend some time in the coming weeks getting ready to celebrate the greatest event in the history of the world. Read the last couple of chapters of each gospel. Ask the Lord to change your life again through the Easter story. The legacy of His death has given us life…Forever.