Advent of the Redeemer – Part 3

“My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?”

Maybe these words evoke images of Easter week more than Christmas, Good Friday more than the Advent season.

We are now in our third week of looking at the Advent through the eyes of the Old Testament saints. In some denominations this past Sunday would have been celebrated as Gaudette Sunday, a celebration of joy.

What does Christ’s soul-wrenching cry from the cross have to do with a Sunday that focuses on joy? Hebrews 12:2 says, “…for the joy set before Him [Jesus] endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

For joy set before Jesus—the joy of saving you and Ihe created a world he would die for, he carried a cross hewn from a tree he had caused to grow, and climbed a hill he had designated for his own death. As he hung dying, crucified by men he loved, he cried out words which he had inspired King David to compose 800 years before.

Psalm 22 is one of the most poignantly prophetic glimpses of the Coming Savior within the Old Testament. Another snapshot into the future that showed Old Testament saints their coming Redeemer.

In 1 Corinthians 15:3, Paul wrote, “Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures.” Paul, the great expositor of scripture, is showing us that in death Jesus tied up the strings of redemption which he had divinely woven throughout the Old Testament—from the beginning of Genesis to the end of Malachi.

Psalm 22

Each part of Redemption’s story is beautiful. Every thread of the tapestry shimmers with its own unique sheen, allowing us to rest secure as we discover the overwhelming reality of God’s love, foreknowledge, and sovereignty.

Let’s look at the way King David foreshadowed the Advent of our Redeemer within Psalm 22.

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Anguish & Abuse

King David:

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


About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice,saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Matthew 27:46

King David:

O my God, I cry by day, but You do not answer;

And by night, but I have no rest. Psalm 22:2


Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to His disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and distressed. Then He said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me.”

And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.” Matthew 26:36-39

King David:

But I am a worm and not a man,

A reproach of men and despised by the people.

All who see me sneer at me;

They separate with the lip, they wag the head, saying,

“Commit yourself to the Lord; let Him deliver him;

Let Him rescue him, because He delights in him.” Psalm 22:6-8


And those passing by were hurling abuse at Him, wagging their heads and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” Matthew 27:39-40

King David:

I am poured out like water,

And all my bones are out of joint;

My heart is like wax;

It is melted within me.

My strength is dried up like a potsherd,

And my tongue cleaves to my jaws… Psalm 22:14-15


After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, said, “I am thirsty.” A jar full of sour wine was standing there; so they put a sponge full of the sour wine upon a branch of hyssop and brought it up to His mouth. John 19:28-29

King David:

For dogs have surrounded me;

A band of evildoers has encompassed me;

They pierced my hands and my feet.

I can count all my bones.

They look, they stare at me;

They divide my garments among them,

And for my clothing they cast lots. Psalm 22:16-18


Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His outer garments and made four parts, a part to every soldier and also the tunic; now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece. So they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, to decide whose it shall be”; this was to fulfill the Scripture: “They divided My outer garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.” Therefore the soldiers did these things. John 19:23-25

So the other disciples were saying to him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”

After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.” John 20:25-27

Redemption & Rejoicing

King David:

But You, O Lord, be not far off;

O You my help, hasten to my assistance.

Deliver my soul from the sword,

My only life from the power of the dog.

Save me from the lion’s mouth;

From the horns of the wild oxen You answer me. Psalm 22:19-21


But God raised Him [Jesus] up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power. Acts 2:24

King David:

I will tell of Your name to my brethren;

In the midst of the assembly I will praise You.

You who fear the Lord, praise Him;

All you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him,

And stand in awe of Him, all you descendants of Israel. Psalm 22:22-23


Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.” Acts 2:38-39

King David:

For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted;

Nor has He hidden His face from him;

But when he cried to Him for help, He heard. Psalm 22:24


For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Romans 5:6

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

King David:

The afflicted will eat and be satisfied;

Those who seek Him will praise the Lord.

Let your heart live forever! Psalm 22:26


Jesus answered them and said, “Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal…I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst…For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.” John 6:26-40

Faultless Faith

Jesus’ lament from the cross wasn’t a question he needed answered. It was the outcry of a pierced body, crushed soul, and scourged spirit.

But He was pierced through for our transgressions,

He was crushed for our iniquities;

The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,

And by His scourging we are healed. Isaiah 53:5

Jesus’ cry was a fulfillment of prophecy, which he himself had inspired. Even in his despair, he knew the joyous end before him. He had guided David’s hand in foretelling it.

For the joy set before him, he endured the schism in perfect fellowship between Father and Son. He became cut off so we could be restored. He became despised and rejected so we could be loved and accepted. Through his agony, he brought joy to a dying world.

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Joy to the World | Isaac Watts

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!

Let earth receive her King;

Let every heart prepare Him room,

And heav’n and nature sing,

And heav’n and nature sing,

And heav’n, and heav’n, and nature sing.

Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns!

Let men their songs employ;

While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains

Repeat the sounding joy,

Repeat the sounding joy,

Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,

Nor thorns infest the ground;

He comes to make His blessings flow

Far as the curse is found,

Far as the curse is found,

Far as, far as, the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,

And makes the nations prove

The glories of His righteousness,

And wonders of His love,

And wonders of His love,

And wonders, wonders, of His love.


    • stephaniemgammon

      I still can’t wrap my head around it, Emily. I know what is written. I know what I wrote about it. And I still can’t bring my emotions in line with it. HOW did he have joy? I can’t comprehend. I’m glad I don’t have to understand fully.

  • Chip

    Hey, Stephanie. I really like the side by side comparison of the OT passage in Psalm 22 with the narrative in the NT. I’ve been in a similar place with my own study. I’ve been drawn to the pictures of Jesus in the OT through prophecy, theophany, and allegory. It’s really interesting stuff.
    I think this psalm is really clear that Jesus would suffer in ways we would never understand. We can only accept it or reject it. I’m so thankful for his willingness to follow the Father’s will and submit to the cross. What a huge sacrifice! And, without Bethlehem there would be no Calvary.

    • stephaniemgammon

      It’s interesting to hear that you are in the same place. I definitely need to be here. The more I learn, the more I realize I don’t know and the more I hunger to find out truths. Reading Psalm 22 just slammed me. It is so explicit and clear. Very interesting. Thanks for reading & for your insight, Chip!

  • Julie

    I heard something this morning… God wanted us in Heaven so bad that He sent us Jesus. He brought Heaven down to Earth!
    That blew me away to hear it that way!
    Have a Merry Christmas!

  • Jessica Brodie

    I love this. Christmas for me isn’t just some jolly holiday where we eagerly celebrate Chris’s birth. It’s that and more… there’s pain and anguish, there’s silence, there are layers and layers. These layers are all beautiful. We just need to unwrap them and understand they aren’t bad and it’s not wrong to think of these things. Thank you, Stephanie!

  • Karen Friday

    Yes! What a powerful layout of Jesus and the words of David in Scriptures. When I think about these prophecies foretold coupled with the lyrics of “Joy to the World,” I wonder why earth hasn’t totally or really received her King.

    Perhaps, it’s because many were looking for a different Messiah…perhaps, so are we. We look for Jesus to be and do the things we want or set up in our minds and hearts as the actions of a real King and Savior.

    So this Christmas and all year long, I pray my heart always fully receives her King. Jesus, reign supreme in me! Amen.

  • Stephen De La Vega

    Stephanie, you continue to develop this Advent series in such a brilliant way. I am enjoying it. The path that God laid out: the setting, and process, and people involved. That just amazes me, not only because of the depth of planning and fulfillment of Scripture, but because it demonstrates Jesus’ perfect love. And how David’s Psalm mirrors Jesus’ ordeal. Simple awe-inspiring for the same reasons. Wonderful post, as expected. It moves me to appreciate our Savior even more.

  • Anneliese Dalaba

    The manger and the cross. They go hand in hand. He left the glory of heaven knowing his destiny was the cross. King David’s prophecy was accurate. This post is a great reminder of what we are celebrating next week. Merry Christmas!

  • Melinda Viergever Inman

    This is beautiful, Stephanie. Thank you for recounting those Scriptures side by side that the Lord had written before he came to earth to die for us. These are powerful remembrances at Christmas, that God became a baby, was born, lived, died, and rose for our redemption, justification, and sanctification. I love this part:

    “Jesus’ cry was a fulfillment of prophecy, which he himself had inspired. Even in his despair, he knew the joyous end before him. He had guided David’s hand in foretelling it. For the joy set before him, he endured the schism in perfect fellowship between Father and Son. He became cut off so we could be restored. He became despised and rejected so we could be loved and accepted. Through his agony, he brought joy to a dying world.”

    A beautiful tribute to the Savior!

  • Anne Mackie Morelli

    Stephanie, I too appreciated how you compared the OT and NT passages. Your post is a powerful reminder that while we celebrate the birth of baby Jesus, there is much that is connected and that follows that we must also focus on. Because otherwise we would be only focusing on a few chapters of God’s amazing story. And yes, Christ suffered terribly and this is hard to consider at Christmas whilst everyone is celebrating, but we must hold both. It is interesting how so many of us are thinking along these lines – focusing well beyond the birth story but to Christ’s amazing sacrifice and his eventual return! Thanks for the post. Have a blessed Christmas!

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