Christ in the Old Covenant Scriptures (24)

The Savior of the world abandoned.

“Scorn has broken my heart and has left me helpless; I looked for sympathy, but there was none, for comforters, but I found none. They put gall in my food and gave me vinegar for my thirst.” Psalm 69:20, 21, NIV. A long time before the Messiah suffered the cross at Golgotha, David described in prophetic spirit what the Savior of the world would suffer. On the night of His arrest, Jesus went to the Gethsemane to pray. He asked His disciples to “keep watch” with Him, but they slept. The disciples could not understand the urgency of keeping the watch and praying. As the night in the Gethsemane progressed, the cry, “I looked for sympathy, but there was none,” became a reality. Perhaps the apostles could not yet comprehend why the Messiah must suffer, so they did not see the need for prayer. Mathew 26:38, 40.

When Jesus finished praying, the mob sent by the high priest arrested Him. Peter attempted to defend Jesus with the sword, but Jesus ordered him to put it away. Jesus reminded the arresting crowd and the disciples that it must happen that way to fulfill the Scriptures. At that point, His disciples deserted Jesus. “‘But this all has taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.’ Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.” Mathew 26:56. “Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scriptures 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.” John 19:29, NIV. Thus the guards fulfilled the prophetic writing by David.

“Then he said to them, ‘I am overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death’…” Mathew 26:38, (my translation). Why was Jesus overwhelmed with sorrow? He knew that moment has come for Him to separate His perfect life from His body and take on Him the life of sin, and die the eternal death, by being abandoned by the Father. “He who had no sin was made to be sin.” 2 Corinthians 5:21. Did the Father abandon Jesus? God, through the prophet Isaiah, provided the answer, long before it became a reality. “‘For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back.'” Isaiah 54:7, NIV. Our spirit that sinned, in the garden of Eden, could die the eternal death only if God who gave it forgets it. God accomplished it while Jesus was on the cross at Golgotha. That is why He cried out, “My God…why have you forsaken me’? Mark 15:34, as prophesied by David. Psalm 22:1.

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