Suffering is part of life, but very few people could say they have suffered like Jesus on the cross. And no one can say they were treated more unfairly than He was treated. But He powerfully taught us some lessons while on the cross, as shown from the passage in Psalm 22, a continuation from last week’s lesson.

ROBERT >> Last week as we took a look at Psalm 22, we saw that it enabled us to enter into the very heart of Jesus, to hear his words and to know what he was feeling and thinking and to see his suffering and his faith. But today I want us to see how that can help us to look into our own hearts and to deal with our own thoughts and feelings and to deal with our own sufferings and to take a look at our own faith.

SINGING>>> Speaking the truth, speaking the truth, speaking the truth, speaking the truth in love.

ROBERT >> In Psalm 22 there are a few points that I want you to remember this morning. I want you to notice first of all from this Psalm how it’s all right to ask God why.

Do you remember the opening words of Psalm 22?

“0 My God, my God, why have you forsaken Me?”

And how that he goes on to cry, “Why are You so far from helping Me,”and “from the words of My groaning? Oh My God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear; and in the night season, and am not silent.”

Jesus was asking from the cross, Why, God? Why, God? Just as little children will often ask their parents, why, why, why, why?

They drive us crazy sometimes asking that question, and we try to explain it to them, and they don’t always get the answer. It’s not until they grow a little older and they mature in their comprehension and understanding that they come to see some of the answers to some of their questions. But there are many questions that we all have because we don’t understand all that God understands, we don’t see all that he sees, we don’t know all that he knows, and so we’re constantly asking why. And Jesus is showing us that that’s all right. It’s all right to ask God why. God wants us to be honest about how we feel. He wants us to bring our questions to him. That’s all right. And when you bring your questions to God and you look to him for answers, that’s when you begin to find some of the answers, and that’s when you begin to draw closer to God. And so if you have questions for God, don’t be afraid to ask it, to bring them before his throne in prayer, to search his book for the answers to those questions, to seek the counsel of other Christians who have gone through experiences perhaps like you and can help you to see some of those answers. But remember that some of the answers may be too great for you now. Some of those answers may only be understood in time. Some of those answers may only be understood in eternity. But when you realize that you may not understand and you may not ever get all the answers you’d like to get, remember that God is faithful, that you can trust him with your questions.

You see, the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 1:9, for example, “God is faithful.”

And I see it a little bit further over in that same book in chapter 10 and verse 13, “God is faithful.”In these two places and in other places in the scriptures we’re reminded again and again that we can trust him, that he promises to always be faithful. Though we don’t understand why, we can’t see how, something may seem impossible to you and you don’t see at all what God is doing, remember that he is faithful, that you can trust him in everything. But there’s something else I want to draw out from Psalm 22 today, and that is this: That you never have to doubt God’s love for you. Oh, you may not understand what he’s doing or why he’s doing it, but remember, you never have to doubt God’s love for you.

Oh, there’s time he seems very far away, isn’t there?

There are times when it doesn’t seem like he’s listening, that he understands, that he really
knows; but remember this: He knows everything about you. He understands what’s going on in your life. He’s able to see into your heart. He knows your thoughts, he knows your feelings, he knows your hurt, and he knows everything going on around you. He loves you, and he cares for you, and that’s something that comes through so forcibly in Psalm 22.

When you read about the sufferings of Christ, for example here, when he talks about how he was rejected by those that were there with him in verse 6, he said, “But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, anddespised by the people.”

Oh, that rejection that Jesus knew, sometimes we know that same kind of rejection. But you see, he understands because he also had those same feelings.

And I read on in verse 12 when he talks about the enemies around the cross, Many bulls have surrounded Me; strong bulls of Bashan have encircled Me. “They gape at me with their mouths like a raging and roaring lion.”

He’s talking about the viciousness of those enemies that surrounded the cross. How terribly frightening that must have been to him.

Have you ever been in a situation like that where you feel everybody’s attacking you, that you’re all alone, that there’s no way to escape?

Jesus knows what that’s about. And look at his physical and emotional suffering in verse 14 when he said, “I am poured out like water. All My bones are out of joint. My heart is like wax; it’s melted within me. My strength is dried up like a potsherd, My tongue clings to My jaws. You have brought Me to the dust of death.”

Jesus knew that he was going to die and that there was nothing he could do about it. He was emotionally, physically broken, exhausted. And again, in those times in our life, when all of our energy is taken from us, and even in that hour when you come and have to face death, Jesus knows, Jesus understands. He loves you, and he cares for you. Don’t ever doubt that. God proved 2,000 years ago when he gave his son for you at Calvary’s cross, never doubt his love for you, but cast your cares upon him, because “he cares for you,” 1 Peter 5:7.

There is a third thing that I want to draw from this Psalm today that I think is so important to us, and that’s this: To know that God will answer you. Oh, he may seem unresponsive at times.

Where’s he at?

What’s he doing?

Is he going to hear me?

Is he going to answer me?

Know that God will answer you. He will give you an answer in his own way and in his own time, but it will always be what is good for us.

I love Matthew 7:7-11. I want you to see that with me here. It’s a very familiar passage, but perhaps sometimes we forget that our God is a good God. Here in verse 7 Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks, it will be opened.”

Jesus is saying that we need to look to God and we need to seek and we need to knock at the door and know that God is there to hear us, to answer us, and that we can trust his answers to be good for us.

Read on what he says. “What man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent?”

In other words, which one of you fathers out there or mothers out there, which one of you would want to deceive your child, he asks for bread and you give him a stone?

Or would want to harm his child, he asks for a fish, you give him a serpent?

No, Jesus says, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him?”

He loves us, and he wants to do the very best for us. He wants to provide our needs for us. He’s going to do good for us. This is the confidence that we have towards Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, we know that we have the petitions we have asked of Him. That comes from 1 John 5:14-15. John is trying to help us to understand what prayer is all about. He’s wanting us to know that when we look to God for our answers that he does hear us and that he will answer us. He wants us to have the confidence to be able to go on and to live as though he’s already answered our questions, to leave our cares and our worries and our concerns and our requests there at the throne of God, trusting him to take care of those things in his own time, in his own way for our good. And so when we talk to God, the next time you bow to him in prayer, I want you to remember that he hears you, that he answers you, that he is going to give you what is good. You can trust him with everything. No matter what is happening in your life, remember God is good. But now there is a final thing that I want us to think about here from Psalm 22.

When I look at the middle of this Psalm, and having heard the cries of Jesus, “why, why,”having read about his rejection and his suffering, and you read his final plea in verses 19 through 21, he says, “But you, O Lord, do not be far from Me. O My strength, hasten to help Me. Deliver Me from the sword, My precious life from the power of the dog; save me from the lion’s mouth and from the horns of the wild oxen. You have answered Me.”

Jesus says God answered him. There on the cross he turned everything over to God, he trusted God to take care of it in his time and in his way. And so he knew that God would do him good. And that’s what leads me to this final point.

We need to tell the world what God has done. You see, in Psalm 22 we have the gospel of Christ. In Psalm 22 we have here what God did for us through Jesus Christ. He provided him as a sacrifice for our sins on the cross, but then he answered him. On the third day he raised him up from the tomb. He delivered him out of the clutches of death and made him alive for evermore. He ascended back to the throne of God in heaven, where he rules and reigns in his kingdom in the hearts of men and women and boys and girls who have received the gospel of Jesus Christ. And we see the great response to this here in Psalm 22.

You’ll notice in verse 27 where it says, All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before You, for the kingdom is the Lord’s, and He rules over the nations. I look back in the book of Acts, and I see the church have its great beginning in the city of Jerusalem where for the very first time the gospel in its fulfillment was proclaimed: Jesus had died for us, Jesus had been raised for us, Jesus is sitting at God’s right hand. And the people were crying out, What shall we do? And the response, Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins. And that day, about three thousand souls received that word, were baptized. There’s where God’s kingdom, there’s where God’s church had its beginning. And they went forth from Jerusalem everywhere preaching the word according to Acts 8:4. They began to tell others what God has done until it spread throughout the whole world according to Colossians 1:23. “The gospel was preached to the whole creation under heaven.”

We, too, as we have turned to the Lord, Christian brother and sister, as we have come to know Christ and his salvation, as a part now of his church, his kingdom, it’s our mission to go tell the world what God has done. I hope I can talk to
some of my fellow Christians this morning to help you to realize the importance of our mission, of what being a Christian and what being the church is really all about.

The very last words of Jesus before leaving this earth in Matthew 28:19 were words of mission, “To go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them and teaching them to observe all the commandments of Christ.”

Or as Mark put it in chapter 16 verse 15 and 16, “To go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; he that disbelieves shall be condemned.”

That mission, those marching orders must underlie everything that we do as Christians, everything that we do in the church. I know that there are some who want to put evangelism, the teaching and the preaching of the gospel off on others; but every one of us as Christians are responsible as disciples and followers of Christ to seek and to save the lost, to tell others what God has done. And when we begin to see that this is our mission, it’s not just a program for some in the church, but it’s the mission of every one of us, it’ll begin to change our life, because every day and everywhere we go and every person that we come in contact with, we see here an opportunity to make Christ known, to show Christ to others, to speak a word for Jesus, to tell the world what God has done. It’s going to change how you think. It’s going to change how you look upon others, how you treat them. It’s going to change how you walk and talk and how you dress and where you go and what you do, because you realize that it’s your responsibility to shine as a bright light for Jesus Christ. And yes, it may bring some persecution, it may bring some difficulty in your life, it might be frightening to you at times; but remember the price that Jesus paid to make salvation possible for us.

And then let us follow in his footsteps no matter what, to lift him up before others that they might know what God has done to save them through Jesus Christ. Again, that’s what being a Christian, that’s what being the church of Christ is all about. It’s about being a light, a bright and shining light to this world that’s lost in the darkness of sin. It’s about bringing Christ to others and bringing others to Christ. It’s about telling the world what God has done. That’s what they did in that first century; but it did not stop there. And in Psalm 22, at the end of that Psalm, we read how it was to be carried on from one generation to the next. In verse 30 the scripture says, “A posterity shall serve Him. It will be recounted of the Lord to the next generation. They’ll come and declare His righteousness to a people who will be born that He has done this.”

Let’s not drop the ball. Let’s continue to pass that gospel on to everyone in this world. Let’s continue to help one another in the church and all others towards heaven.

Before I leave this lesson today, I want you to think about a tremendous demonstration that we see in Psalm 22 that perhaps you have not picked up on yet. I want you to notice from Psalm 22 a demonstration of three facts: That there is a God, that the Bible is the word of God, and that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Savior of the world, the Son of God. I know that there is a God from Psalm 22 because who else could have revealed these things to David to write down a thousand years before Christ was ever born?

The very words that Jesus would cry from the cross,” My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me,” they’re here in Psalm 22.

The very words of his enemies around the cross, in verse 8, He trusts in the Lord, let Him rescue Him, how could David have written those words had God not revealed it to him? And the details of Christ’s suffering, even the method of
execution that we read about here, looking down in verse 16, at the end of that verse, “where they pierced My hands and My feet.”

David knew nothing of such an execution called crucifixion, the piercing of hands and feet as Jesus experienced in the cross. Only God could have revealed these things to David. And how that God would answer him and establish his kingdom upon this earth, the church, and that this good message of salvation would be spread from generation to generation so that we now hear that message and now are a part of that same church today. Yes, there is a God who revealed these things to David in Psalm 22. And that also means that the Bible is the word of God, as no man could have written these things on their own. And knowing that there is a God and that the Bible is the word of God, we can be certain that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that long-awaited Messiah that the old prophets spoke of, because you see, he alone fulfilled these things that we’ve been reading here in Psalm 22 this week and last week, fulfilled these things in every detail. Yes, there is a God, the Bible is the word of God, and Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

The question is, will you believe and will you receive?

Will you turn to God?

Will you believe his word?

Will you give yourself to the one who gave himself for you?

Believing and being baptized, Jesus said you can be saved. Having turned from your sins and confessed him as your Lord and your savior, he’ll bring you into his church. You see, you’ll be cleansed, you’ll be forgiven, your past life will be put away, and you begin a new life in Jesus Christ.

May we all remember what Jesus has done for us. Those of us who are Christians, who are saved today, let us take that message to the world. And let us return to him if we’ve left him, to come back and to be there for him as he was there for us. Let us remember these great lessons from Psalm 22, and let us know here at The Truth In Love how we can help you towards heaven today.

SINGING>> All to Jesus I surrender,
all to him I freely give.
I will ever love and trust him,
in his presence daily live.
I surrender all,
I surrender all.
All to thee, my blessed savior, I
surrender all.
All to Jesus I surrender;
Lord, I give myself to thee.
Fill me with thy love and power,
let thy blessing fall on me.
I surrender all,
I surrender all.
All to thee, my blessed savior,
I surrender all.

SINGING>> Unto the hills around
do I lift up my longing eyes.
Oh whence for me shall my salvation come,
from whence arise?
From God the Lord doth come my certain aid,
from God the Lord
whom heaven and earth hath made.
From every evil shall he keep thy soul,
from every sin.
Jehovah shall preserve thy going out,
thy coming in.
Above thee watching,
he whom we adore shall keep thee henceforth,
yea, for evermore.

ROBERT >> Thanks so much for watching the program today. We’d love to hear from you. Let me encourage you to contact us with your questions, comments, or requests at The Truth In Love, P.O. Box 865, Hurst, Texas 76053.

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SINGING>> Sing to me of heaven,
sing that song of peace.
From the toils that bind me
it will bring release.
Burdens will be lifted that are pressing so,
showers of great blessing o’er my heart will flow.
Sing to me of heaven,
let me fondly dream of its golden glory,
of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall.
Sing to me of heaven,
sing the sweetest song of all.
Sing to me of heaven tenderly and low
till the shadows o’er me rise and swiftly go.
When my heart is weary,
when the day is long,
sing to me of heaven,
sing that old, sweet song.
Sing to me of heaven,
let me fondly dream of its golden glory,
of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall.
Sing to me of heaven,
sing the sweetest song of all.

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