David wrote Psalm 22 about when Jesus felt forsaken by God. He described the consequences that He experienced when sin had overtaken His life.
Within its verses David described the day when our Lord went to the cross. He laid out for us the pain and agony of that day.
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest. Psalm 22:1-2 (NIV)
He reported the inconsiderate soldiers bidding for His clothes. Even while Jesus suffer great humiliation in His nakedness for all the world to see.
His enemies stared and gloated at this bony body while suspended on a cross by three nails.
Verse 1 starts with a direct quote Jesus uttered soon before he gave up His life.
Mark 15:34 says, And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice. “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).
Jesus cried out to His Father, and His Father turned a deaf ear to Him. Why? Because Jesus took the sins of the world upon Himself and the Father had to turn away from the sin.
From the time of the arrest of Jesus until He breathed His last breath, He didn’t say very much.
Keep in mind, our Lord experienced something new, sin.
Consequences We Experience when We Let Sin Overtake Us
After accept the Lord as our Savior and then fall back into sin we experience some ill feelings as well.
We experience consequences when we allow sin to intrude our lives. The same feeling could have happened on the inside of Jesus too.
This should make what the writer of Hebrews wrote even more real to us.
This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses. For he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. Hebrews 4:15
When Life is Overtaken by Sin We Feel Abandoned by God
The first thing that goes through our minds is, God has abandoned us. We feel forsaken by God.
During that time of sinfulness, we too, might also want to utter the same words from verse 1.
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
The Lord told Joshua the following.
For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” Hebrews 13:5.
You may feel far from God but he assures us that He isn’t far from you. We can celebrate our life in Christ.
We Feel like a Worm
Voices made a challenge made to Him. If the Lord loves him so much, let the Lord rescue him!”
The second thing we read about in this Psalm deals with when Jesus hung on the cross.
David said in verse 6 that Jesus felt like a worm and not a man. He said I am scorned and despised by all!
When we allow our life to be overtaken by sin, it will always make us feel less as a human being. But Jesus told us how valuable we are to the Father.
Matthew 6:26, Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?
The enemy of our soul will use the term, “if God.” “If God loved you then you wouldn’t be experiencing the consequences of your sin.”
I want you to know that no “If’s” exist when it comes to your importance to the Lord. “God does” love you and He cares for you and will always forgive you.
When Life is Overtaken by Sin We Feel Far from God
Sin makes us feel far from God. The Psalmist said in verse 11 that trouble is near, and no one else can help me.
When our life is overtaken by sin we want to isolate ourselves. We feel there is no help for us at all.
In this life, we will never come to the point of no return. The story of the prodigal son tells us that we can always come back to our heavenly Father.
While he (the son) was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. Luke 15:20
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Weakness is Another of the Consequences of Sin
Verse 15 says, My strength has dried up like sunbaked clay. Sin will zap the spiritual strength right out of us.
It will also affect our physical strength as well. David didn’t stop there, in verse 19 he said, O Lord, do not stay far away! You are my strength; come quickly to my aid!
In Nehemiah it says, Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!” I know it’s hard to muster up joy when dejected. But you don’t have to do it on your own.
All who seek the Lord will praise him. Their hearts will rejoice with everlasting joy. Psalm 22:26
John wrote in his first epistle How To Experience Complete Joy In The Lord.
Jesus did experience our weaknesses and David gave us an inside look of our Lord’s thoughts and feelings in this chapter.
We will reap what we sow in our lives but the consequences of our sin has nothing to do with how much God loves us. He understands the things you are experiencing and He is there for you.
Lord, thank you for being there for us when we have those weak moments which allow our life to be overtaken by sin.
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