As Holy Week comes, we can listen to the soul of Jesus as he silently sings the Psalms. Jesus quoted the Psalms far more than any other Old Testament book:
He presented the accurate bread as superior than the God-provided manna of Psalm 78:24 (John six:31).
He interpreted the children’s hosannas as an echo of Psalm eight:two (Matthew 21:16).
He announced with Psalm 118:26 that the day would come when all Israel would see him in final triumph and say, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” (Matthew 23:39).
He saw in himself the marvel of a rejected stone becoming the head of the corner from Psalm 118:22–23 (Matthew 21:42).
He absorbed the hatred of his enemies with the words of Psalm 35:19 (John 15:25).
He embraced the tragic part of Judas with Psalm 41:9 (John 13:18).
He deflected the charge of blasphemy with Psalm 82:six (John 10:34).
He stunned the higher priest by claiming a seat at God’s suitable hand from Psalm 110:1 (Matthew 26:64).
His cry of forsakenness on the cross burst from Psalm 22:1 (Matthew 27:46).
With his final breath, he commended his spirit to God with Psalm 31:five (Luke 23:46).
When Jesus quoted the Psalms, he was never ever searching down at a manuscript. You can not hold a manuscript when your hands are bound in court, or nailed to a cross. He knew them. Quite a few of them, no doubt, by heart.
In other words, Jesus not only fulfilled the Psalms he was complete of the Psalms. He not only stated, “Everything written about me in . . . the Psalms ought to be fulfilled” (Luke 24:44) he also stated, “Man shall not reside by bread alone, but by each word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew four:four). The Psalms have been his meals. And he was their fulfillment.
His Script and Strength
For Jesus, the Psalms have been the really word of God. He stated that David wrote his psalms “in the Holy Spirit” (Mark 12:36). This is why they “ought to be fulfilled” (Luke 24:44). This is why, following quoting Psalm 82:six, he stated, “Scripture can not be broken” (John 10:35). This is why they have been his meals, and he was their fulfillment.
All of Scripture — but specially the Psalms — was the script and the strength of Jesus’s life. Jesus was genuinely God and genuinely man. As accurate God, he was omnipotent and necessary absolutely nothing. As accurate man, he was frail and necessary strength. He necessary the meals of Scripture to have the strength to fulfill Scripture. In this way, he became for us an instance of living by faith.
Christ . . . suffered for you, leaving you an instance, so that you could possibly adhere to in his measures. He committed no sin, neither was deceit located in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. (1 Peter two:21–23)
In his ideal manhood, Jesus was not self-enough. He looked to his Father for all that he necessary in order to do the Father’s will. He knew that he ought to die. And he knew that devoid of the sustaining energy of his Father, the weakness of his human flesh would fail in the hour of trial. So, he prayed.
Jesus presented up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was in a position to save him from death, and he was heard due to the fact of his reverence. (Hebrews five:7)
Not that he was saved from the occasion of death, but he was saved from the faith-destroying curse of death. Death came, but it did not defeat.
Hear What His Soul Sings
The strength to conquer unbelief, as Jesus died, came via the positive word of God — specially the Psalms. He did not get his energy from bread. He got it from “every word that comes from the mouth of God.” He trusted his Father’s promises. And followed his Father’s program.
The program was scripted in the Psalms. And the strength was provided via the Psalms. They have been his faith-sustaining meals so that he could be their Father-obeying fulfillment. So, the instance he left us was how to reside by faith in future grace — the future grace promised to him in the Psalms. Not due to the fact he necessary grace, but due to the fact he necessary the support which for us is all grace.
Jesus had no sin (1 Peter two:22). When his Father heard his prayers, he was worthy to be heard. Jesus did not plead the blood of Jesus in order to be heard. But he did pray for support. And he did trust his Father’s promises, and provision, and energy. This is how he becomes our instance in suffering.
The sustaining meals of the Psalms and the infallible script of the Psalms brought Jesus to Holy Week — and to the cross. So, I invite you once again: Come, listen to the soul of Jesus as he silently sings the Psalms in his final days. Tune your heart to the Psalms with the sound of Jesus’s faith.