Pastor Christian Powers

College Ministry Pastor

PSALM 22 & MARK 15

Lord, do you see me, do you hear me, do you even care about what I’m going through?

These words, and many like them, have been verbally uttered from the lips, and silently prayed from the hearts, of many throughout the centuries. They are words of pain, sorrow and grief. They communicate the turmoil that each of us go through because of the sin-stricken world we live in. All of us, at one time or another, have prayed, or will pray, this prayer.

There are many joys in this world, but let’s face it, living in a world with sin is hard! Regardless if it is our sin, or the sins of others, each of us are intimately acquainted with its harsh reality. Each of us have felt the pain of broken friendships, the betrayal of family, the loss of life, and many other things. This is called suffering, and it’s real, and it stinks.

Though each of us face varying degrees of suffering, none are exempt from it. It’s a non-negotiable in this life. That’s the consequence of living in a sinful world. Yes, some may try to numb the hurts and heartaches of this life, but none can completely escape them. And as we go through suffering, many of us have wondered if God sees and cares.

So, what are we to do? We must look upward! We must fix our eyes on our Savior! In Him, and Him alone, is our hope found!

This week we will read Psalm 22 and finish reading the Gospel according to Mark. In Mark 15 we read that when Jesus, the perfectly sinless Son of God, was on the cross about to die, He uttered the words, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (15:34) These words are quoted from Psalm 22 and are meant to point us back there for the answer.

Psalm 22 was written about a thousand years before, and perfectly pictures the suffering Jesus would go through on the cross. And the question that is begged from this is, “WHY?!” Why would the perfect Son of God, the second Person of the Trinity, willingly suffer on this earth, and ultimately be forsaken by His Father? The answer: for us. William MacDonald has said this:

…when we read of Christ’s deep, deep suffering, it should always be with the keen awareness that He bore it all for us. We should punctuate each statement with the words for me. He was forsaken—for me. When I hear Him cry, “Why are you so far from helping me…, I know that it was for me.[1]

May you be reminded this week that though suffering is real, and really hurts, our Lord doesn’t shrug us off with an uncaring attitude. Instead, He stepped down into our sin-stricken world to save us from that very suffering. And so, as you face painful situations, be reminded that Jesus was forsaken so that you wouldn’t be, and one day you will be with Him, FREE FROM SUFFERING.

The answer to the question we started with is YES, He sees, YES, He hears, YES, He cares. If you ever doubt that, just meditate on the cross.

 


[1] William MacDonald, The Believer’s Bible Commentary (Thomas Nelson, 1995), 577.