My life is poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart is like wax, melting within me. My strength has dried up like sunbaked clay. My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth. You have laid me in the dust and left me for dead….
The whole earth will acknowledge the Lord and return to him…They shall tell of the Lord to the next generation…They shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn, that he has done it [that it is finished]!
Psalm 22: 14, 15, 27 (NLT), 30, 31 (ESV) [AB]
How could this intensely personal prophetic experience of David, millennia before Jesus was born, not have been emotionally wrenching and physically draining for him? For he expressed the anguish of Jesus’s failing life on the cross so vividly and personally that he must have faced the pain of deep empathy for him during his powerful encounter. To some measure, he had to endure those same dreadful feelings and emotions of Jesus on the cross intensely enough to describe them so lucidly in the first-person present tense.
Many biblical scholars consider David a shadow or type of Christ for his lineage and for his anointed covenant relationship with God. The fact that this prophetic encounter should also include the far-reaching declaration of Jesus’ final victory over death with the immortal statement “It is finished“ is monumental and may be the first revelation of the culmination of the revolutionary New Covenant confirmation process, glimmering like a rare jewel, on the far-horizon.
Dear Lord, help us grasp the vital importance of your prophetic biblical timeline in an illuminating context. Give us a thorough understanding and appreciation of prophecy and its purpose in our own lives. And please convey to us a truly meaningful revelation and appreciation of these final words of Jesus on the cross;
“It is finished!”
A F Fischer