I’ve heard people ask “what is the most important chapter in the Bible?” My answer to that question is without a doubt Psalm 22. The reason is it brings the Old Testament and New Testament together. It proves Jesus was the Christ, and everything that is written about those with faith along with it.
Jesus on the cross said “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” That is supposed to make you ask “why wasn’t that a sin?” Don’t let traditional teachers tell you Jesus didn’t have the ability to sin, because that’s nowhere near true. Remember Jesus in Matt.4 went to the desert specifically to be tempted by Satan. If He couldn’t sin, what would be the temptation? Satan also knew very well who Jesus was. He did offer Jesus all of the kingdoms of the world if He’d bow to him. Jesus didn’t sin, therefore He didn’t fail. Don’t shortchange what our Messiah went through in keeping His life pristinely free from sin by thinking He wasn’t able to sin. So why wasn’t that a sin on the cross? Maybe He wasn’t speaking to God at all.
It is accepted by many that what Jesus said on the cross was His moment of doubt and pain. To accuse God of forsaking Him would be a sin by anyone. I don’t know where some people get these ideas from, but to not look for simple questions which should shoot their logic down is simply lazy. You’re telling me that this Man who healed hundreds, divided a few fishes and loaves amongst hundreds had doubt? This Man knew exactly who He was. He even told the disciples He would be scourged and crucified before it happened. They expect you to just go along with that doctrine. He puts the ear of a centurion’s back on and told the disciple who smote it off that He could call on legions of angels to rescue Him if He wanted, but how would the word be fulfilled? They seriously expect you to believe that after He is beaten, after He is scourged, after He is crucified that it is THEN He has His moment of doubt and pain? Come on!
Psalm 22 begins by saying “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” When were the psalms written? They were written around 1000BC mostly by King David. As you read on through Psalm 22, you’ll get to verse 16. It says “For dogs have compassed Me; the assembly of the wicked have inclosed Me; they pierced My hands and My feet.” How did Jesus die? He was crucified. He had His hands and feet pierced. This was written a thousand years before it happened. It also explains in that psalm that He would have His garments lotted upon, just like what is written in the gospels. As with many prophecies, this was written in the past tense simply because the prophets saw the future. It was the past to them. This holds true throughout Revelation.
Jesus was speaking to us on the cross, not to God. He was saying that Psalm 22 is being fulfilled, proving He indeed was the Messiah. All by the simple words He said on the cross. The genius of Psalm 22 is that it was destined to be repeated on the cross by Jesus, and that would hopefully then make you ask why that wasn’t a sin. This is the answer.
This is one of those things it only takes willing eyes and ears to acknowledge to be true. One must be a good student in order to find it on your own, due to the spirit of slumber given to all outside the election of grace. This psalm is the greatest example of the spirit of slumber I can point to. Most people cannot put Psalm 22 with what Jesus said on the cross on their own, and many when seeing the two won’t accept that they are connected due to their allegiance to personal, traditional, and denominational doctrine keeping them blind to the simple truth. Most people when this is pointed out to them should be able to see there’s no way Psalm 22 isn’t about the Christ in His last moments. God put the spirit of slumber upon nearly all, but men put on their own additional slumber with their personal blindness. Because of these things, Psalm 22 isn’t common knowledge Christian teaching as being a prophecy about Christ’s last moments. One additional point to prove about the spirit of slumber is what the next psalm is. The next psalm is the most popular psalm of them all – Psalm 23 “The Lord is my shepherd”. Psalm 23 being right there should be a beacon for anyone reading any psalm anywhere near it, thus connecting it to Jesus saying on the cross “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” It’s been there the whole time. I now introduce you to the spirit of slumber with Psalm 22 being its evidence. With the acceptance of the true doctrine of what Jesus said on the cross with Psalm 22, there’s no explaining it away by any of the most blind atheists. They can’t explain away Psalm 22 with any integrity because Psalm 22 was there long before Jesus lived. Even if Jesus didn’t point out Psalm 22 on the cross, it does predict He would have His hands and feet pierced. It brings the Old and New Testaments together. It proves Jesus was the Messiah. It proves the Bible is genuinely God’s word. Psalm 22 proves everything. That is why Psalm 22 is the most important chapter in the entire Bible.