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Jesus - A Baby Born to Die

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When you think about Christmas, it is easy to picture a manger scene and a baby Jesus lying in a feeding trough. Something that might not be so easy to imagine is that Jesus was born to die. He was born to Mary that He would hang on a cross.

One of the most famous quotes out of the Psalms is when Jesus cries out to the Father on the cross. He had been beaten, nailed to a cross, hanging there for hours. God placed on Jesus the sin of the world, and in that moment, Jesus had become the embodiment of sin. The Father turned His face away and Jesus cried out a quote from Psalm 22.

Psalm 22:1 "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" 

I remember when Hallie, my youngest daughter, was only a few years old. We took her to the doctor for a check-up. We found out that she was due for several shots. I have very vivid memories of that event. The first and second shot - not so bad, but, it was the last shot that is forever etched into my memory. As my wife and the nurse held my little girl down, Hallie looked at me with the most soul starring glare that seemed to say, “Daddy, Daddy why are you doing this to me?" She was deeply confused about my actions. But Jesus was not confused on the cross. He did not ask the question because he was perplexed. He quoted Psalm 22 to tell everyone that He was the the One that David prophesied about. Read the whole Psalm here:

Psalm 22 To the choirmaster: according to The Doe of the Dawn. A Psalm of David.

[1] My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?

[2] O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, 

and by night, but I find no rest.

[3] Yet you are holy,

enthroned on the praises of Israel.

[4] In you our fathers trusted;

they trusted, and you delivered them.

[5] To you they cried and were rescued;

in you they trusted and were not put to shame.

[6] But I am a worm and not a man,

scorned by mankind and despised by the people.

[7] All who see me mock me;

they make mouths at me; they wag their heads;

[8] “He trusts in the LORD; let him deliver him;

let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”

[9] Yet you are he who took me from the womb;

you made me trust you at my mother's breasts.

[10] On you was I cast from my birth,

and from my mother's womb you have been my God.

[11] Be not far from me,

for trouble is near,

and there is none to help.

[12] Many bulls encompass me;

strong bulls of Bashan surround me;

[13] they open wide their mouths at me,

like a ravening and roaring lion.

[14] I am poured out like water,

and all my bones are out of joint;

my heart is like wax;

it is melted within my breast;

[15] my strength is dried up like a potsherd,

and my tongue sticks to my jaws;

you lay me in the dust of death.

[16] For dogs encompass me;

a company of evildoers encircles me;

they have pierced my hands and feet—

[17] I can count all my bones—

they stare and gloat over me;

[18] they divide my garments among them,

and for my clothing they cast lots.

[19] But you, O LORD, do not be far off!

O you my help, come quickly to my aid!

[20] Deliver my soul from the sword,

my precious life from the power of the dog!

[21] Save me from the mouth of the lion!

You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen!

[22] I will tell of your name to my brothers;

in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:

[23] You who fear the LORD, praise him!

All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him,

and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!

[24] For he has not despised or abhorred

the affliction of the afflicted,

and he has not hidden his face from him,

but has heard, when he cried to him.

[25] From you comes my praise in the great congregation;

my vows I will perform before those who fear him.

[26] The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied;

those who seek him shall praise the LORD!

May your hearts live forever!

[27] All the ends of the earth shall remember

and turn to the LORD,

and all the families of the nations

shall worship before you.

[28] For kingship belongs to the LORD,

and he rules over the nations.

[29] All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship;

before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,

even the one who could not keep himself alive.

[30] Posterity shall serve him;

it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation;

[31] they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn,

that he has done it.

Did you see the prophesies in there that were being fulfilled in front of the people at the cross?

Psalm 22:7–8

[7] All who see me mock me;

they make mouths at me; they wag their heads;

[8] “He trusts in the LORD; let him deliver him;

let him rescue him, for he delights in him!” 

Psalm 22:14

[14] I am poured out like water,

and all my bones are out of joint;

my heart is like wax;

it is melted within my breast;

Psalm 22:15

[15] my strength is dried up like a potsherd,

and my tongue sticks to my jaws;

you lay me in the dust of death.

Psalm 22:16

[16] For dogs encompass me;

a company of evildoers encircles me;

they have pierced my hands and feet — 

Psalm 22:17

[17] I can count all my bones—

they stare and gloat over me; 

Psalm 22:18

[18] they divide my garments among them,

and for my clothing they cast lots.

Those are just a few. But, here is the verse that should be pondered this week.

Psalm 22:24

[24] For he has not despised or abhorred

the affliction of the afflicted,

and he has not hidden his face from him,

but has heard, when he cried to him.

 God did not forsake Jesus completely.

1 Peter 3:18,22

[18] For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,...through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, [22] who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him. 

Jesus is Emmanuel, God with us. He is the suffering servant. He is Jesus, which means, “Our God saves.” He is the King!

Worship Him this Advent season!

And, we invite you to join us on Sunday as we continue in our series, "Christmas in the Psalms."