Jesus Christ’s death was planned by God before the creation of the world. Was there any advance warning that would help us see that it was indeed planned? Psalm 22 was written down by the inspiration of God and lay dormant for ten centuries. Then what was said would happen, actually happened with details and events, no mortal could cause.
Everything is proceeding according to plan…
Jesus Christ’s death was planned by God before the creation of the world. Jesus told the disciples on multiple occasions that He would die… He must die. But when He was executed the disciples reckoned it was a terrible disaster. The Messiah who had come to save Israel and establish the kingdom… was dead. His mission aborted…the dream was over… “time to go back to our fishing boats”.
But Jesus also told them that He would be raised up and then meet them later at a specified location [in Galilee]. He was raised back to life. He did rendezvous with them in Galilee. And He spent 40 days with them presumably teaching them [among other things] the significance of His death in the greater plan God was rolling out.
What Was All Planned?
There would be a kingdom – ruled by the resurrected Christ Matthew 25:34 Matthew 25:34Then shall the King say to them on his right hand, Come, you blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
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A small number of man & women would be chosen and prepared to participate in that rule Ephesians 1:4-5 Ephesians 1:4-5  According as he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
 Having predestinated us to the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
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Before those events, Christ would die - to pay the death penalty they deserved because of their sin. Otherwise, they could not receive the power of eternal life. Revelation 13:8 Revelation 13:8And all that dwell on the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
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Saying something is planned after it has happened isn’t very convincing. [crazt pool shot… oh, I planned it that way]
I’m way more likely to convince you that I had a specific event planned all along if I tell you in advance what I am going to do… better yet, I give it to you in writing so we can both refer back to it later.
I never remember you saying that… well I sent it to you in an email last month… look in your junk mail folder… I’ve got the record of when I sent it right here… it was at 11:46 on January 9
In the same manner certain details of God’s “plan” are pre-recorded in scripture and therefore come with a universally acknowledged date stamp to prove they were given prior to the event. Without bogging down in multiple historical details… its an agreed upon fact that the old testament scriptures were written hundreds of years before the death of Jesus Christ.
Details of God’s plan are indeed embedded in the old testament scriptures. So we can look back and say, the death of the Messiah was planned event… and based on the explanation we get from the new testament… planned from the very beginning. And because this is so, I can have confidence that the parts of God’s plan that are yet to come... will come.
Other Writings… the Quran, the Hindi scripts, the Buddhist writings, the Babylonian mysteries, the Greco-Roman myths lack this essential bedrock relationship to human history. They may contain snippets of distilled human wisdom or systems for coping with the enigma of human experience, but none qualify as the verifiable word of God.
The Death of The Messiah
Luke 22:42 Luke 22:42Saying, Father, if you be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but yours, be done.
American King James Version×Jesus knew what lay in store for Him. He knew the scriptures… He knew what they were really foretelling… He knew the plan. He knew He would be slain/executed to pay for the sins of all humanity. Knowing everything was proceeding according to plan got Him through the horrible ordeal Hebrews 12:2 Hebrews 12:2Looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
American King James Version×. Knowing and believing that everything is proceeding according to plan can help you too.
Jesus was arrested, given an unfair trial, sentenced to death, and crucified according to Roman law.
Matthew 27:46 Matthew 27:46And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
American King James Version×Jesus cry of despair is actually a quote from Psalms 22:1 Psalms 22:1My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? why are you so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?
American King James Version×. He was hanging there dying yet still teaching… directing the onlookers, and directing us, back to a prophecy of His suffering. A prophecy with details that could only have been brought to pass by the power of God.
Question: If Jesus knew the plan… why was asking “God, why have you abandoned me”? Was He in doubt about the plan?
Consider this: at that very moment He took upon Himself all the penalty for all the sins of every person who ever lived, or would live. And sin causes separation from God. At this point there is bound to be spiritual, emotional, psychological turmoil going on. Jesus had always enjoyed a strong, close relationship with God the Father. Now He was separated. It would be intense, it would be something He had never experienced before… His flesh and blood mind would be crying out, “I don’t deserve this!”... “I have done nothing wrong!”
His final words show us He did not lose the vision. After a very short while He says “it is finished” Meaning: it is completed, it is accomplished, it is done [teleo] John 19:28-30 John 19:28-30  After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, said, I thirst.
 Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a sponge with vinegar, and put it on hyssop, and put it to his mouth.
 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
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Psalms 22:4-5 Psalms 22:4-5  Our fathers trusted in you: they trusted, and you did deliver them.
 They cried to you, and were delivered: they trusted in you, and were not confounded.
American King James Version×depicts some of the inner struggles of faith and trust [rememberance of what God has done in the past gives confidence for the future].
Psalms 22:6-8 Psalms 22:6-8  But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.
 All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
 He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.
American King James Version×refer back to Matthew 27:41-43 Matthew 27:41-43  Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said,  He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.  He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.
American King James Version×and you’ll see that is exactly what the onlookers are recorded as saying to Jesus as He is dying. The version in Luke uses the exact wording from the Greek translation of the old testament… “laugh to scorn”. They were mocking His trust in God.
Psalms 22:9-11 Psalms 22:9-11  But you are he that took me out of the womb: you did make me hope when I was on my mother's breasts.
 I was cast on you from the womb: you are my God from my mother's belly.
 Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help.
American King James Version×emotions roll back and forth… now they remembering how God has been there in His life. Reflecting back on your personal history to validate present trust in Him.
Psalms 22:12-13 Psalms 22:12-13  Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.
 They gaped on me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.
American King James Version×more mockers… perhaps this time a picture of the demon world surrounding and mocking.
Now comes the most remarkable section of Psalm 22. When these verses were written centuries before they were probably understood to describe some sense of inner frailty… but looking backward from the day Jesus was dying they are a remarkably accurate description of what happens to a body during the crucifixion.
Psalms 22:14-15 Psalms 22:14-15  I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the middle of my bowels.
 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue sticks to my jaws; and you have brought me into the dust of death.
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The victim is killed be exhaustion – hanging from the nails he has to push up on the nail in his ankle, tearing up the bone and tissue. This would go on and on until complete exhaustion would take over, and the person wouldn't be able to push up and breathe anymore… and they suffocate.
Stretched the bones out like they were on a rack
The victim would experience agonizing thirst
Some of these physical effects could come from a variety of other forms of torture and death which would lessen their impact as prophecies. Which is why the next two verses are worthy of special note.
Psalms 22:16-18 Psalms 22:16-18  For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.
 I may tell all my bones: they look and stare on me.
 They part my garments among them, and cast lots on my clothing.
American King James Version×the Hebrew words here literally mean to dig/make holes in the hands and feet. Now we have come to a detail that is so specific that when coupled together with the stretching out of the bones seems to indicate a person nailed to a stake, or a tree, to hang there and die.
Because its so specific, this verse became highly controversial. How?
From the viewpoint of the 21st century, the majority of Hebrew manuscripts render the word “pierced” as “lion”. The two words written in the Hebrew alphabet look almost identical [show pic]. So Jews translate it as “the lion is at my hands and feet”.
Over the past 150 years, skeptic bible scholars latched on to this discrepancy and proposed that the verse [and therefore the fulfillment of prophecy] can no longer be trusted.
However, the majority is not always the deciding factor in determining which reading is correct. For example, in the Dead Sea Scrolls, which predate most other Hebrew texts by over a thousand years, the term is unmistakably “pierced.” In addition, the oldest Syriac, Vulgate, Ethiopic, and Arabic versions also go with “pierced.” The same is true in the Septuagint, the first Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures, which was completed approximately 200 years before the birth of Christ.
The oldest texts render it as pierced!
Those who argue for “lion” typically claim that “pierced” is a corruption, inserted by Christians, in an attempt to create a prophecy about Jesus. However, there are many manuscripts that came before Christianity which have the “pierced” reading. How could Christians corrupt the text even before Christianity became a thing?
It'ss more likely that the “lion” reading in the Masoretic Hebrew text is the corruption. The Masoretic manuscripts predominantly date to the 3rd and 4th centuries AD, after Christianity was established. By that time the Jews had a clear motive to conceal what the OT Scriptures predict regarding Jesus Christ.
The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 more or less settled the matter in favor of “pierced”… but you will still see an * put next to the verse in many bibles.
Psalms 22:18-21 Psalms 22:18-21  They part my garments among them, and cast lots on my clothing.
 But be not you far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste you to help me.
 Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog.
 Save me from the lion's mouth: for you have heard me from the horns of the unicorns.
American King James Version×dividing the clothes John 19:23-24 John 19:23-24  Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout.  They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which said, They parted my raiment among them, and for my clothing they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.
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Section 1 ends with a prayer for deliverance… “save my precious life… its all that I have”. As noted earlier Jesus knew he would be delivered.
What Do the Last 10 Verses of Psalm 22 Contain?
The plan God has is not yet complete… the atoning death of the messiah is now part of history. But ahead of us is the return of Christ to rule in power, the resurrection of the saints to eternal spirit life, and the reconciliation of ALL things to God through Christ.
The suffering and death of Christ prophesied in verses 1 through 21 of Psalm 22 is followed by prophecies of thse yet future milestones in God’s plan in verses 22-31.
Psalms 22:22-24 Psalms 22:22-24  I will declare your name to my brothers: in the middle of the congregation will I praise you.
 You that fear the LORD, praise him; all you the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all you the seed of Israel.
 For he has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither has he hid his face from him; but when he cried to him, he heard.
American King James Version×begins with a verse referenced in Hebrews 2:12 Hebrews 2:12Saying, I will declare your name to my brothers, in the middle of the church will I sing praise to you.
American King James Version×where Jesus announces His solidarity with those who have lived in the flesh. He who was God and was with God became flesh… He died in the flesh… He was resurrected in the spirit… He did I this to show us the way to accomplish that same glorious existence ourselves. As we read… “God did not hide His face [abandon] and leave Him dead… the Father brought Him back to life. He promises to do the same for you.
Psalms 22:25-26 Psalms 22:25-26  My praise shall be of you in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him.
 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.
American King James Version×Jesus fulfilled His vow… He finished the mission He came to accomplish. Those who are willing to humble themselves, accept that they need His sacrifice if they want any hope for a future… all such are invited to partake of the sacrifice that was made in fulfillment of the vow… an acceptance which leads to eternal life, as the verse says… may your hearts [mind, spirit, everything that is you] live forever!
Psalms 22:27-29 Psalms 22:27-29  All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before you.
 For the kingdom is the LORD's: and he is the governor among the nations.
 All they that be fat on earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul.
American King James Version×He will rule all nations… all people. Everyone will have to accept Christ’s blood shed for them if they are to receive the power of eternal life.
Psalms 22:30-31 Psalms 22:30-31  A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.
 They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness to a people that shall be born, that he has done this.
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Everything Is Proceeding According To Plan
We are not at the beginning of God’s plan. We are not at the end of God’s plan. We are in the middle. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ were planned out even before the physical creation was started.
Psalm 22 was written down by the inspiration of God and lay dormant for 10 centuries… then what was said would happen, actually happened. With details and events no mortal could cause.
Everything Is Proceeding According To Plan