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Jesus is the reason for it all
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"A bruised reed He will not break, and a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish."
(Isaiah 42:3, Matthew 12:20)

(The following paper is excerpted from a larger study which discussed some passages which demonstrate that Jesus is the Messiah.)

Psalm 22: Proving Jesus is the Messiah

Because no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was sinless and could pay the price for our sin it became necessary for God to come to earth in human form, in the flesh, to live a pure life, to voluntarily die the death of a criminal (our death) and thus sacrifice his blood for our sins. Remember, the price for sin is a blood sacrifice from a pure, sinless source.

Now we get to, is Jesus this person? I’ll share some scripture with you and let you decide for yourself. Following are some Old Testament versus taken from Psalm 22, written approximately 1050 years before the death of Jesus, which is a prophesy of how the coming Messiah would die, and parallel them with the New Testament account of how Jesus died. This will be done on a verse by verse basis.

Psalm 22:1, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"

Mark 15:34, "And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?’ - which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’"

Psalm 22:6-7, "But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by men and despised by the people. All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads: ‘He trusts in the Lord; let the Lord rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.’"

Matthew 27:41-44, "In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked Him. ‘He saved others,’ they said, ‘but He can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let Him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in Him. He trusts in God. Let God rescue Him now if he wants Him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’’ In the same way the robbers who were crucified with Him also heaped insults on Him."

Psalm 22:12-13, "Many bulls surround me; strong bulls of Bashan encircle me. Roaring lions tearing their prey open their mouths wide against me."

Matthew 27:27-31, :Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around Him. They stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him, and then wove a crown of thorns and set it on His head. They put a staff in His right hand and knelt in front of Him and mocked Him. 'Hail, King of the Jews!’ they said. They spit on Him, and took the staff and struck Him on the head again and again. After they had mocked Him, they took off the robe and put His own clothes on Him. Then they led Him away to crucify Him."

Psalm 22:17, "I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me.

Matthew 27:39-40, "Those who passed by hurled insults at Him, shaking their heads and saying, ‘You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself! Come down from the cross, if You are the Son of God!’"

Psalm 22:14, "I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted away within me."

John 19:33-34, "But when they came to Jesus and found that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water."

Psalm 22:15, "My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death."

John 19:28-30, "Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, "I am thirsty." A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When He had received the drink, Jesus said, ‘It is finished.’ With that, He bowed his head and gave up His spirit."

Psalm 22:16, "…they have pierced my hands and my feet."

John 20:24-29, "Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. When the other disciples told him that they had seen the Lord, he declared, ‘Unless I see the nail marks in His hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe it.’ A week later His disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’ Then He said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.’ Thomas said to Him, ‘My Lord and my God!

Psalm 22:18, "They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing."

Luke 23:34, "Jesus said, ‘Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.’ And they divided up His clothes by casting lots.

Psalm 22:22, "I will declare your name to my brothers; in the congregation I will praise you."

Luke 24:24-27, "’Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but Him they did not see.’ He said to them, ‘How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?’" And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning Himself.

Psalm 22:24, "For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help."

Luke 24:1-6, "On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, ‘why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen!’"

Some Additional Comments:

Regarding the humanity of Jesus: Hebrews 2:14-18, "Since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity so that by His death He might destroy him who holds the power of death - that is, the devil - and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. For this reason He had to be made like His brothers in every way, in order that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that He might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because He himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted."

Whether or not Jesus is God is not dependent on our belief. He is God either way around. However, we have the choice of asking Him to partake in our life, and thus provide the forgiveness and cleansing for our sin. He won’t force us, but He does ask. After all, if you went so far out of your way for someone else that you actually voluntarily died for them, wouldn’t you hope for, even expect, some kind of positive response from them for your death?

It’s no coincidence that the 23rd Psalm immediately follows the 22nd Psalm, which describes the death of Christ.

Psalm 23, "The Lord is My Shepherd, I shall lack nothing. He makes Me lie down in green pastures, He leads Me beside quiet waters, He restores My soul. He guides Me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with Me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort Me. You prepare a table before Me in the presence of My enemies. You anoint my head with oil; My cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow Me all the days of My life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever."

May you find rest for your soul through the indwelling presence of Christ,

Glen Lee Edwards

Keeping the Holiness Fires Burning

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