I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint.
My heart has turned to wax;
it has melted within me.
When King David was composing this portion of the word that we now call Psalm 22 , most likely he could not imagine that he was referring to the Messiah who was to come to liberate the people of Israel a thousand years later. A reading of the passage makes it clear that David was going through a very difficult situation which could only be described by means of unusual terms for that kind of suffering. No one disputes that the affliction that Christ suffered at the hands of Roman soldiers was terrible, , but we disagree with the importance that some doctrinal trends have allotted to such suffering in the redemptive work of our Lord. Besides being the proof of fulfillment of several of the Messianic prophecies, the most important aspect of the death of Jesus Christ on the cross is that he who was sacrificed was absolutely innocent of any crime that the religious authority wanted to charge him with or any other crime, for that matter. Compliance with the requirements of the divine law could only be achieved if the victim was totally pure, without blemish or defect. The full weight of justice fell on the shoulders of him who never knew in his body or in his spirit what it meant to make a mistake or to break a divine commandment. The real suffering of the Son of God occurred at the time he was separated from the Father to take upon himself all the awful burden of human disobedience. That was eternity’s darkest moment.
Some of the children of God have had to go through long periods of suffering and pain, which in their case have a reason and place for the specific purpose of carrying out the transformation of our soul so that every day we become more like Christ. In any case, the reward that awaits us and that we will receive when we get to be in God’s presence far outweighs any discomfort or suffering that we endure as we fulfill the pilgrimage of this earthly life. We look forward to that wonderful time when our pain and illness will give way to the joy and the well-being of living in the glorious presence of God for eternity. To God alone be the glory!