He Did It
Thursday, May 07, 2015
Psalm 22:31 “…for he has done it.”
I have a grandson who is quite the talker. He must have inherited his grandpa’s need to verbally process information. When he was about 14 months old he started drawing attention to all of his accomplishments by yelling, “I did it!” After every attempt at anything, from drinking milk to dropping a toy on the floor, he would come running up to me and say, “I did it!” He would try anything you asked him to do just so he could say, “I did it!” He was so proud of his accomplishments, and he loved the praise that it brought from me. I know that someday the statement “I did it!” will turn into “He did it!” when it is convenient to blame someone else. But maybe, if he’s taught well, when he says “He did it!” he will be praising the accomplishment of Someone else and not blaming his own mistakes on them. I think he’s well on his way to that, because even at that early age he learned to give credit to others for their accomplishments. It would bring such joy to my heart when he would turn to me after I did something and say, “You did it, grandpa!”
The 22nd Psalm is another of the Messianic Psalms that prophetically about Jesus Christ. It specifically deals with His suffering and crucifixion. Jesus even quotes from the Psalm while hanging on the cross when He says, My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? The Psalm describes the horrors of the suffering Jesus withstood to redeem us from our sin.
- He experienced the loss of human dignity and respect– But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by men and despised by the people. All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads:
- Doubt was cast on His Deity – “He trusts in the LORD; let the LORD rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.”
- He suffered brutal physical beatings – I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint…I can count all my bones;
- He lost His desire to keep going –My heart has turned to wax; it has melted away within me.
- He was totally dehydrated –My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death.
- He was nailed to a cross –Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet.
But during the entire ordeal, He trusted in the Deliverer who would not despise or disdain the suffering of the afflicted one (vs. 24). Jesus knew that God would not abandon Him to the grave, but that He would see the light of glory again, this time as death’s victor and not death’s victim.
My grandson helped me to imagine and visualize a wonderful scene in heaven. Prior to His coming to earth, Jesus had been asked by the Father to carry out the mission of redemption. Jesus agreed. Then, following His resurrection from the dead, when Jesus ascended to heaven to present Himself to the Father as the sacrificial offering for all mankind’s sin, He says, “I did it!”
Imagine the rejoicing that breaks out in heaven when Jesus speaks those words. Imagine the praise the Father bestows upon the Son for accomplishing the task. God proclaims that what Jesus did is so important that future generations will be told about the Lord. They will proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn—for he has done it (vs. 30-31).
Jesus did what I could not. It was impossible for me to accomplish the forgiveness of my own sins. I was not able to say “I did it!” But I am able to say “He did it!” Jesus Christ has accomplished for me what I could not accomplish for myself. I want this statement to become my new favorite phrase – “He did it!” I want to spend the rest of my days making sure that everyone knows that He has done it! And then, one day, when I stand in His presence and see Him face to face, I will say, “You did it, Jesus!”