A.G. Fruchtenbaum's, Messianic Christology : A study of Old Testament prophecy concerning the first coming of the Messiah (1998) may be of interest: Messiah’s Cry for Help—22:1–2
These verses find Messiah crying out in deepest anguish. It is no accident that these are the very words that Jesus cried out while hanging on the cross. He quoted these words after a period of three hours of intense darkness. During those three hours the entire wrath of God, due to the sins of Israel and the world, was poured out upon Him. This is the one and only place in the Gospel accounts that Jesus addresses God as “my God.” On every other occasion, and there are over 170 references, Jesus says “Father” or “my Father.” It is made very clear that Jesus enjoyed a very special, unique relationship with God. On the cross, however, Jesus was dying for the sins of the world, and was experiencing a judicial relationship with God, not a paternal one; hence His cry of “my God, my God” instead of “my Father, my Father.”
Fruchtenbaum observes: Psalm 22 teaches that:
- "In extreme agony, Messiah would cry out for God’s help.
*Messiah would be a despised and rejected individual.
*In the agony of death, Messiah would be stared at and mocked.
*The Messiah’s bones would all be pulled out of joint.
*The Messiah’s heart would rupture.
*The Messiah would suffer an extreme degree of thirst.
*Messiah’s hands and feet would be pierced.
*Messiah’s clothing would be divided by the casting of lots.
*At the point of death, Messiah’s trust would be in God the Father.
*Messiah would be resurrected."
Some Messianic prophecies that were fulfilled.
- "•Born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:21-23)
•A descendant of Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3; 22:18; Matthew 1:1; Galatians 3:16)
•Of the tribe of Judah (Genesis 49:10; Luke 3:23, 33; Hebrews 7:14)
•Of the house of David (2 Samuel 7:12-16; Matthew 1:1)
•Born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2, Matthew 2:1; Luke 2:4-7)
•Taken to Egypt (Hosea 11:1; Matthew 2:14-15)
•Herod´s killing of the infants (Jeremiah 31:15; Matthew 2:16-18)
•Anointed by the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 11:2; Matthew 3:16-17)
•Heralded by the messenger of the Lord (John the Baptist) (Isaiah 40:3-5; Malachi 3:1; Matthew 3:1-3)
•Would perform miracles (Isaiah 35:5-6; Matthew 9:35)
•Would preach good news (Isaiah 61:1; Luke 4:14-21)
•Would minister in Galilee (Isaiah 9:1; Matthew 4:12-16) Would cleanse the Temple (Malachi 3:1; Matthew 21:12-13)
•Would first present Himself as King 173,880 days from the decree to rebuild Jerusalem (Daniel 9:25; Matthew 21:4-11)
•Would enter Jerusalem as a king on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 21:4-9)
•Would be rejected by Jews (Psalm 118:22; I Peter 2:7)
•Die a humiliating death (Psalm 22; Isaiah 53) involving:
1.rejection (Isaiah 53:3; John 1:10-11; 7:5,48)
2.betrayal by a friend (Psalm 41:9; Luke 22:3-4; John 13:18)
3.sold for 30 pieces of silver (Zechariah 11:12; Matthew 26:14-15)
4.silence before His accusers (Isaiah 53:7; Matthew 27:12-14)
5.being mocked (Psalm 22: 7-8; Matthew 27:31)
6.beaten (Isaiah 52:14; Matthew 27:26)
7.spit upon (Isaiah 50:6; Matthew 27:30)
8.piercing His hands and feet (Psalm 22:16; Matthew 27:31)
9.being crucified with thieves (Isaiah 53:12; Matthew 27:38)
10.praying for His persecutors (Isaiah 53:12; Luke 23:34)
11.piercing His side (Zechariah 12:10; John 19:34)
12.given gall and vinegar to drink (Psalm 69:21, Matthew 27:34, Luke 23:36)
13.no broken bones (Psalm 34:20; John 19:32-36)
14.buried in a rich man’s tomb (Isaiah 53:9; Matthew 27:57-60)
15.casting lots for His garments (Psalm 22:18; John 19:23-24)
•Would rise from the dead!! (Psalm 16:10; Mark 16:6; Acts 2:31)
•Ascend into Heaven (Psalm 68:18; Acts 1:9)
•Good link http://www.allabouttruth.org/messianic-prophecy.htm
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