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The Cry of Agony on the Cross.

The Cry of Agony on the Cross.

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PSALM xxii. 1. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

PSALM xxii. 1. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

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THE CRY OF AGONY ON THE CROSS. BY ROBERT BALMER, D.D.PSALM xxii. 1. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? " ALL scripture is profitable," and therefore it may seem invidious and improper to prefer one part of it to another. But though all scripture is profitable, and entitled therefore to our careful study, and our pro found veneration, there are some portions of it which are more instructive than others, and which are en titled therefore to special attention and regard. It is probable that if we were required to select any one passage in the Old Testament as pre-eminently in teresting and important, and as more extraordinary on the whole than any other, we should instantly and unanimously fix on the 53d chapter of the prophecies of Isaiah. To declare Jesus Christ and his salvation is the grand object of divine revelation ; and the more closely that any part of scripture is connected with him the greater in general is its value. Now, nowhere in the Jewish scriptures do we meet within the same limits,
with as much important information relative to him as in the chapter just mentioned. The account which it gives of his humiliation and sufferings is characterised by such clearness and particularity, that it resembles a history rather than a prophecy. While it describes THE CRY OF AGONY ON THE CROSS. 443 the circumstances of his death, it specifies also its causes, its intentions, and its consequences, both with respect to himself and others ; and thus it combines the statements of the historian with the illustrations of the commentator the narrative of the evangelist with the doctrines of the apostle. And, indeed, it would not be easy to select from the writings, either of the evangelist or the apostle, many passages containing within so narrow a space so much information relative to the character and work, the sacrifice and salvation, of that divine person. Second to the 53d chapter of Isaiah, in point of interest and importance, if second even to it, is the
psalm from which the text is taken. Like that remarkable chapter, this psalm contains a luminous account of the rejection of the Messiah, of the iniquitous sentence passed on him, of the cruel and contume lious treatment to which he was subjected, and of the circumstances of his ignominous and agonizing death. It gives the very words in which his enemies would revile him ; it states, with respect to his death, two very interesting facts the one of which is alluded to only in one other prophecy, and that but in general terms ; and the other is not mentioned elsewhere in the Old Testament. These facts are, that his death was to be by crucifixion, a Roman, not a Jewish punishment ; and that, while his raiment was to be divided, one part of it would be disposed of by lot, occurrences which antecedently would have appeared exceedingly improbable. " They pierced my hands and my feet. They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture." Like the prophet, the psalmist describes not only " the sufferings of Christ, but the glory that followed," adverting both to the honours to which he was to be elevated in his own

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