Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12.
As a sinner myself, I am personally and directly responsible for Jesus’s crucifixion; it is my sin that drove the nails through His hands, and it is my sin that brought God humiliation.
The torment of Christ is something that I deserved to experience for all eternity.
Jesus quoting Psalm 22 gives us a picture of Jesus’s spiritual state in that moment. Similar to how one quotes a movie or song to describe how one is feeling, Jesus quotes Psalm 22.
The Psalm itself describes tremendous suffering of various kinds yet ends with a steadfastness of faith that ensures trust in God. His last words, a quote of Psalm 31:5, He shows that He was unwavering in Hope.
This provides a terrifying form of suffering that the wicked must endure false hope.
If Jesus was not vindicated by the resurrection, then His Hope would have indeed been vain. Nonetheless, as an eternal Being experiencing hope deferred, He experienced spiritual sickness of an eternity of deferred hope.
We all place hope in something.
A person who is not saved by the blood of Jesus Christ, too, has their hope in something. Perhaps it is hope in a better future, better living circumstances, or even the cessation of suffering via death.
Unfortunately, there is only one proper place to place one’s hope: The Incarnate Lord.
All other hopes are vain false hopes, and Hell is to experience an eternity of bitter deferred hope.
Even if someone were to try to abandon all hope as they enter the gates of Hell, they would still hope that the abandonment of hope might somehow produce a better existence, be it through a pseudo-death via eternal transcendental meditation or by holding to a hope of “making the best of it”.
Hope is an intrinsic part of the human experience, and the damned have an eternity of their vain hope burning in their stomachs by the logical necessity of conscious existence.
Jesus is the only true Hope, and only he can survive experiencing the full brunt of eternal deferred hope.
By Jesus being vindicated, so too was an eternity’s worth of deferred Hope fulfilled.
That is the same Hope that is offered to you and I through the Gospel of Christ.
How sure are you that you are placing your hope in the right thing?
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Two Measures Foolish: Foolish to God for we sin – Foolish to the world for the cross.