The last verse of the psalm contains the words "he has done it" or, as Jesus seems to have understood the sentence in his quotation of these words from the cross, "it is finished" (John 19:30). In Psalm 22 the words are linked to the proclamation of "his [that is, God's] righteousness to a people yet unborn," so we know they concern the gospel. What is finished is the atonement by which the righteous demands of God for sin's punishment have been fully satisfied and the righteousness of God is now freely offered to all who will believe on Jesus.

The second half of Psalm 22 is a throbbing, soaring anticipation of the expanding proclamation of the gospel and of the growing church. It is represented in three phases.

But it is not only by a process of reasoning that we must identify Psalm 22 as a prophecy of Jesus' death and resurrection. As we study the New Testament, we also find that this is its explicit teaching.

One of the fascinating features of careful Bible study is that we so often come upon statements that are tantalizing but which we cannot fully understand. An example is the well-known statement of Jesus to the Emmaus disciples recorded in Luke 24:27.

To have a sure home has always been a desire of the nomadic people that occupied the area of the Near East bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea and the great Arabian desert.