OF THE PASSION OF CHRIST YAHSHUA
Carlos Padilla, Easter 2014 - Passover 14th Nissan 5774
That Jesus died for our sins on the Cross in Calvary and
raised, is the heart of the Gospel. That His death was announced centuries
before in The Bible, is not as known, including part of Christianity. There are
many Bible Texts that tell us prophetically about the Passion of Jesus Christ,
like Psalm 69:21, Isaiah 53 or Zechariah 12:10. But it is Psalm 22 that seems to
have been inspired to a prophet 3.000 years ago, a prophet who wrote it about
1.000 years before Jesus Christ; king David.
It is known to all that Psalms were written in a period between 1.400 before Jesus Christ and 450 before Jesus Christ. But the majority
of them were written by king David. One of the Psalms revealed to his heart was
Psalm 22 which is a prophecy about the death and passion of the Messiah, as we
know that David lived 3.000 years ago, 1.000 years before Yahshua. The word "Tehillim"
in Hebrew means: Praise. But we know the word Psalms, which originates from the
Greek "Psalmós" which also means Praise. Psalm 22 is part of the first of the
five books that make the 150 Psalms of the Bible.
Before we continue with Psalm 22 we shall see a list of 10
prophecies found in Psalms about the life of Jesus Christ:
1. Birth - Psalm
104:4 - Hebrews 1:7.
2. Humiliation -
Psalm 8:4 - Hebrews 2:6.
3. Divinity - Psalm
45:6 - Hebrews 1:6.
4. Ministry - Psalm
69:9 - John 2:17.
5. Rejection - Psalm
118:22 - Matthew 21:42.
6. Betrayal - Psalm
41:19 - John 13:18.
7. Crucifixion -
Psalm 22, Psalm 69:21, Psalm 109:25 - Matthew 27:46.
8. Resurrection -
Psalm 24:16 - Acts 2:27.
9. Ascension - Psalm
68:18 - Ephesians 4:8.
10. Kingdom - Psalm
102:26, Psalm 34:20 - Hebrews 1:11.
DOCTRINE OF PSALM 22
Psalm 22 declares a full compendium of doctrines, being in
this way one of the most complete Psalms. We do not only speak of doctrines in
Psalm 22, but we speak of prophecies, both messianic as well as eschatological.
The messianic prophecy fulfilled in the person of Jesus
Christ during His passion in his crucifixion on the Cross of
Golgotha, also provides the
doctrine of expiation of sin, of redemption, and God's justice executed, and
therefore the doctrine of salvation through His shed blood. And it is so, that
king David, as well as a warrior and loyal servant of God, is known to receive
prophecy from God, which we see in some of the Psalms, as the case of Psalm 22
about the expected Messiah. But, not only the passion of Christ is declared, but
His glory through His victory of His work on the Cross, which takes us to the
end of days and the awaited Kingdom of God and of Christ.
Psalm 22 begins with the famous words of Jesus crucified and
calling on the Father, mentioning salvation, and God's holiness in the third
verse -out of the Temple while the veil was torn in the Temple- a fundamental
doctrine, as God is holy and man must worship Him exclusively, leaving all
idolatry, living a life of obedience to His holy Word, which includes the Law
and the Grace. But the group of doctrines that we find in Psalm 22, and which begins with the expiatory death of the promised Messiah, for the sins of
humanity, continues with the doctrines of: God, The Bible, Jesus Christ, Holy
Spirit, God's Love, Salvation, Sin, Gospel, Church, Holiness, Israel, Return of
Christ, Final Judgment, Heaven and Hell, Eternal Life, Kingdom of God.
A summary of the verses in Psalm 22 which determines the
doctrines which we have listed above could be: Verses 1&2: Justice of God who
punishes sin. In His Son He charges the sin of all, freeing us of slavery to
sin, as in the Exodus of Israel from Egypt. This is a fundamental doctrine,
because a just God must make the payment of sin be paid, and
this, in the sacrifice
of His Son Jesus Christ, Yahshua, that we look into, as the Lord Himself, while
on the Cross, mentions these words.
1My God, my God,
why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me,
and from the words of my roaring? 2O my God, I cry in the daytime,
but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent. 3But
thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
Verses 6-10: Prophecy fulfilled in Christ, about His
rejection and hate suffered, being that neither the people of Israel nor the
gentiles received Him initially. But there is more in the prophetical doctrine,
and it is so that a Word that is true prophecy on behalf of God, creator of
heaven and earth, is the best evidence to prove that it is so. Verse 10 is about
the virginal birth of Christ by the work of the Holy Spirit, as a project of God
to send His Son to the world to save us, as the lamb of God that takes away the
sin of the world. Verses 14&15; Prophecy about the passion, crucifixion and
death of the Messiah announced almost a millennium before it happened. Connects
with the first verse. Verse 21: The victory of Christ over sin after His
resurrection assures His
second coming to reign. The doctrine of the second coming. Verse 22 is about the
doctrine of the Great Commission to proclaim the Gospel to the nations and the
worship of the Church as a community.
...10I was cast upon thee from the womb:
art my God from my mother’s belly... ...14I am poured out like
water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in
the midst of my bowels (an effect of Crucifixion). 15My strength is dried up like a potsherd;
and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of
death. 16For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have
inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. 17I may tell all my
bones: they look and stare upon me. 18They part my garments
among them, and cast lots upon my vesture... ...22I will declare thy
name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.
Verse 25: The Holy Spirit talks -doctrine of Trinity- about
the glories of the Kingdom. As we find God's project is made through the three
persons of the Trinity. Verse 26 deals with Christian charity and of the hope of
those who trust in God. Also it is about living for ever, the doctrine of
eternal life. 27 is about the doctrine of universality of the Gospel, as they
shall come amongst the nations and will worship Him. Because, as verse 28 tells
the Kingdom is of God and of His Son Jesus Christ - Yahshua, not only as the
lamb of God, but also as the
lion of Judah. The Kingdom,
both the eternal Kingdom and
of the Kingdom of the millennium of Christ, fit as a doctrine and with no contradiction.
Verse 31: Psalm 22 closes with the seventh word of Christ on
the Cross: "it is done" or what
means the same, "He did it all" all told in Psalm
22 and more, which declares the divinity of the Son, as Creator.
...26The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they
shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever. 27All
the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the
kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee. 28For the kingdom
is the LORD’S: and He is the governor among the nations.
Truly Psalm 22 is very complete doctrinally, prophetically
and spiritually. It provides us with evidence that offers those who are being
evangelized, a warranty that this is the Word of God, in its prophetical
fulfilment and counsel as well as hope in the victory of God over the evil one.
God exposes His justice and His victory in this Psalm revealed to the heart of a
man who loved God as it was king David. It is no surprise that our Lord Jesus
Christ used it in His same death in His love to us.
A Christian must never forget that Jesus gave His life for
him to take him to the eternal Paradise. But he must neither forget to share it
with his neighbour, because there are four reasons, four pillars that justify it:
In the first place because God is worthy of worship, the work of Christ on the
Cross must be proclaimed to give glory to God for the greater and more sublime
work ever made: the salvation of the souls of those who believe and love God.
Secondly for mercy on our neighbour, in the same way as God had it with us, for
salvation of those that receive faith through the preaching of the Gospel,
because with these two actions we fulfil the first and greater commandment, and
the second: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your
soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the
second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself. Matthew 22:39.
Third, because it is a fundamental part of the Christian life,
to offer sacrifice or praise (Psalms) to God, that is, that fruit of our lips,
giving thanks to His name. Hebrews 13:15. And finally because it's about the
Word of God, about the fulfilled prophecy in the Sacred Scripture, which means
that another related prophecy is about to fulfil with no doubt: the return of
Jesus Christ for His Church to establish the Kingdom of God: Revelation 1:7:
Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who
pierced Him (Psalm 22:16). Because resurrection is coming, for Jesus
rose, lives and is seated at the
right hand of the Father. God bless you while you remember the Passion of Christ
this Easter during Passover. Amen.