Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

Good Friday: April 14, 2006

Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

Good Friday: April 14, 2006

Article excerpt

Isaiah 52:13-53:12

Psalm 22

Hebrews 10:16-25

John 18:1-19:42

Cupped Ear/Psalm Sounds

In the stark and somber Good Friday liturgy, we listen to Jesus cry out from the cross, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (v. 1).

When the Gospel writers tell the passion story of Jesus, Psalm 22 is the narrative Old Testament thread that weaves it together. There are thirteen Old Testament references in the passion narratives: eight come from the psalms, and five of those come from Psalm 22.

Most Christians recognize this psalm from its first words, quoted by Jesus on the cross. This is unlike other psalms, where the hearer might identify with the psalmist. Instead, Psalm 22 rings with the voice of Jesus, and we listen in the passion crowd. There are references throughout this psalm that coincide with Jesus' passion. Verse 7 is quoted in Mark 15:29 and Matthew 27:39; verse 8 in Matthew 27:43; verse 15 in John 19:28; and verse 18 in Mark 15:24, Matthew 27:35, Luke 23:34, and John 19:24.

Psalm 22 is a prayer for help. Help is needed in three areas: God, others, and self. God's presence and care seem to be absent (vv. 1-2). Other people reject (vv. 6-8) and attack the psalmist (vv. …

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