Every Easter I am amazed at how the familiar story of the cross hits home with new impact. This year I have been deeply moved by Jesus' words from Mark 15:34 - "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" These words are a direct quote from Psalm 22:1 and remind us of Christ's loneliness and his sense of betrayal.
However, when we read Psalm 22 in it's entirety, we see that perhaps Jesus was passing on a crucial message to his disciples and to us. This Psalm is a Messianic psalm and the Disciples would have known the wonderful words of promise that conclude this Psalm (have a read of it when you get a chance).
"For he has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help." - Psalm 22:24
Although the last word of Jesus seems bleak at first glance, it actually points us to powerful and life- changing words of Promise.
May the God of grace and hope, fill your hearts with peace today