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Part 3: Feel the WOW! of Jesus quoting Psalm 22 & 31 from the cross
Cobbey Crisler insights on Luke 24:27 and Ps. 22, 31, 69

[Cobbey:] “Now, we’re going to just see some of the details of the crucifixion because remember, Jesus kept emphasizing that the prophets said that the Messiah would suffer.

“Well, we know in verse 33 of Chapter 27 in Matthew of the place of a skull or Golgotha in verse 34, we are aware that the drink he was given has almost an exact recipe which you can be assured is not in my wife’s cooking book.

“And, it said “He tasted it, but he would not drink.” (See below, Paraphrased)

Matt 27:34 They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.

Then in verse 39, it says, “They that passed by beneath the cross, reviled him, and wagging their heads.” (See below, Paraphrased) Please remember that. “…wagging their heads.” (See below, Partial)

Matt 27:39 And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,

Remember, we are reading the fulfillment now. We’re going to go back to prophesy shortly, to test it out.

Then we find at the bottom of the cross, that the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders, the ones who knew the scriptures best, presumably, saying (Matt 27, verse 43) which if we would all read together, I think it will really bring it more to thought.

Let’s read it out loud:

Matt 27:43 He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.

How would you characterize that remark? It’s rather what? I mean, wasn’t it enough to nail him on a cross without that sarcasm? “…That he said he was the Son of God….” so let God save him. (See above.)

That really isn’t worthy of those who are holding high theological positions of that period, or any period, but that seems to be human nature.

And, certainly, it stirred Jesus to the very roots of his being, the real roots of his being, and that, of course, would refresh him on the cross.

Do you think it reminded him of anything? If it did, do you think it was partly responsible for the very next thing that is uttered audibly in verse 46?

The very thing that many Christians wished their master had never uttered: “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (See below.)

Matt 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Now, just keep in thought the sequence of this, and turn to Psalm 22 as Jesus may have done with his disciples and which may have “caused their hearts to burn within them.” (See below, Paraphrased) Perhaps ours will too.

Luke 24:32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

Let’s read together verse 7 and 8 out loud. Ps 22:7,8.

Ps 22:7 All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,

Ps 22:8 He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.

A passage maybe one-thousand years earlier than the event – do you think that if you were the disciples, and Jesus was reading these two passages, and you had witnessed to that, that any hair on your head could be horizontal?

You saw those events, and Jesus is describing them from centuries-old documents. And that isn’t all.

They could have recalled the next thing that Jesus said on the cross, after the scribes and Pharisees had said that.

They could have recalled that Jesus said something they wished he hadn’t said.

And yet suddenly, in the light of what they see here, and in the light of the fact that how better could Jesus, as a scriptural student, have found a trumpet note of what every scriptural student from his time to our century, than to do what every Jewish boy did in memorizing the Psalms, because they would recognize the Psalm by the first verse.

Look at the first verse of Psalm 22. (…allow time to read silently)
Is that a coincidence? Was Jesus saying to every receptive thought? he told people to search the scriptures to find him. No one can really comprehend what he said on the cross unless they find it here in Psalm 22, because it’s not simply a cry of agony, even though it came for the very depths of an agonizing experience. It was a quotation taken from the scriptures.

And a scriptural student of Jesus’s caliber would not quote from scripture unless he meant it like a direction signal in the horizon down through the ages pointing to the very same scripture.

Isn’t it as if he was saying, “Read this if you want to understand why I am here.”

And, so let’s read it. I’m sure the disciples suddenly had the Bible given to them like they never had before. Suddenly, the suffering aspects of the Messiah and prophesy came out to the very pioneer who had fulfilled those prophesies.

Ps 22:1 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?

Suddenly, we find in verse 13, in Psalms 22, “that they gaped upon me with their mouths.” (See below.)

Ps 22:13 They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.

In Ps 22, verse 14, it describes, “I am poured out like water, and my bones are out of joint….” (See below.)

Ps 22:14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.

Anyone remember John’s description of what happened when the spear pierced his side? It said, “Blood and water poured out.” (See below.)

John 10:34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.

It says in verse 15 of Psalms 22, that “my strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws,…” a very vivid description of a man who is in hurt. (See below.)

Ps 22:15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.

Do you remember one verse in the gospel of John? I’ll read it to you just while you are looking at that Psalm 22 verse, because, listen to how John does this. Now, John is one of the fellows that went fishing, but now look how he’s righting the record.

“After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished….” (See below.)

John 19:28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.

How did he know? Did he know the blueprint?

“Knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.” (See above.)

Why those disciples didn’t even KNOW that before the walk to Emmaus, and before the time Jesus talked to them in that room.

So, going back to Psalm 22, look at the last part of verse 16. “They pierced my hands and my feet.” (See below.)

Ps 22:16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.

Look at verse 18: “They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.” (See below.)

Ps 22:18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.

Coincidence? Or is it what Amos said right from the beginning: “The Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.” (See below)

Amos 3:7 Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

Amos believed that with great conviction.

Jesus told his disciples that they didn’t even understand the Bible if they didn’t know it.

And even in our day, Professor Dodd, probably our leading New Testament scholar, said, “If we do not comprehend prophesy and its importance, we lose the substructure of New Testament theology and its ground crown.”

Now, let’s turn to the 31st Psalm, verse 5. Sound familiar? We find that one other of the famous last words of Jesus from the cross is what? A quotation from scripture. Now Professor Albright, William Albright, America’s greatest contribution to Bible scholarship, he just passed away about three year ago or so, has pointed out that when you see a verse in the New Testament that quotes the old, by all means, just don’t go back to that verse. Study its entire context.

Now, in Ps 31 where Jesus apparently reiterated the statement: “Into thine hand I commit my spirit…,” notice that the thought is completed with the remark, “thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.” (See below)

Psalm 31:5 Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.

Suppose that weren’t uttered by Jesus on the cross aloud, but that he completed that thought mentally? He knew the Bible well enough to maybe have just finished it – finished the thought. And if so, look what the final thought would have been before what Luke describes “giving up the ghost.” (See below)

Luke 23:46  And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.

Is it defeat? “God has redeemed me.” It’s already happened. “God has redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.” (See above.)

What a grand way of leaving the last sentence. He considered it, it was no contest, and it had already been won. “God has redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.” (See below, repeated)

Ps 31:5 Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.

And, you know his definition of devil was. “A lie, and the father of it.” (See below.)

John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Just the opposite of what would this would indicate “Lord God of truth.” (See above, Ps 31:5)

Turn to the 69th Psalm. You see how we’re making all these local stops here — sort of like Allegheny Airlines.

Read Psalm 69, verse 21.

Ps 69:21 They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

When they handed that mixture to Jesus on the cross, do you think he knew it was coming? If he knew the blueprint. He was abandoned by everyone except the women at the base of the cross and John. And the only comfort he obviously had was his recognition of his mission and his assignment in the scriptures.

When something cruel and malicious happened to him, if he knew it was in the scriptures, he knew he was on the way and doing what he was required to do. And, what a comfort to know that the father had fore-warned him, and he was prepared for every step because he read the blueprint.”

[W: Click 1 of 3 Find how to Wow & Woo Wanderers on your “Walk to Emmaus” YouTube Luke 24 cit. B15]

Part 2 of 3 on Jesus being like Moses ]

[W: Contact Cobbey’s widow, Janet Crisler, at for how to get your own editions of Cobbey’s talks & transcript-books, including “The Walk to Emmaus.”]

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