My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?…For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet— I can count all my bones— they stare and gloat over me; they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots. (Psalm 22:16-18)
When Jesus cried out from the cross, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” he was quoting Psalm 22. It may also be that he spoke out this entire Psalm while his onlookers saw the many prophecies of his crucifixion fulfilled before their eyes. The many details of the cross were prophesied in this unique Psalm. Jesus foreknew his crucifixion and knew its many details even before he was arrested. It is amazing then that he gave his life in such a way to win our redemption. Such knowledge should break our hearts and humble us before him.
Lord Jesus Christ, thank you for enduring the cross for my redemption. I am eternally grateful and willingly offer myself as a living sacrifice to you.
As Jesus surrendered his life for you in death, you can surrender your life to live for him. It is life for life. But unlike the painful agony of the cross, our surrender to Jesus is a delight to the soul. It is the joy of every true Christian believer to surrender his or her life to Jesus, for we do so in love for him. This is our most important act of worship and one that we can offer each day that we live. So don’t let a day go by that you do not thank Jesus for the cross and offer yourself freely as a living sacrifice.