“The Twenty-second Psalm sets Christ before us in the darkest hour of his earthly history. His loud cry of agony upon the cross, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” attracts our attention to the passage in which it was foretold, and insensibly our minds are led on to the perusal of the whole Psalm. It proves to be emphatically one of those passages in which the prophets, by the Spirit of Christ within them, testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow, 1 Pet. 1:11.
“We cannot murmur when we contemplate such an unmurmuring Master. Who will love sin any longer, after he has learned that it pierced his Saviour? How can we call our afflictions severe, when we “consider Him who endured such contradiction of sinners against himself?” Heb. 12:3.
“Let, then, this unparalleled situation in which your Lord and Saviour was placed, while hanging on the cross, be more and more fully realized by frequent meditation. Remember, that he was tried in all points like as we are, yet without sin, Heb. 4:15. This was now the last trial to which he was subjected as the Foundation-stone of that eternal temple which God was about to lay.
“Meditate much and often on the sufferings of your Lord. You may thus need less personal suffering to teach you to hate the sin that caused them.”
— extracts from the Author’s Introductory Epistle