Psalm 22, page two
An Explicit Theme in the Passion Narratives
Psalm 22 is a theme playing through the Passion Narratives. Though its origins lie within Israel, its theme of unmerited suffering afflicting good people is a universal experience. How appropriate, then, that the early church should turn to this powerful psalm with its chilling cry of abandonment and its panorama of human suffering, in order to reflect on the crucifixion and death of Jesus which brought sadness to the disciples.
The closing verses of the psalm, appropriately too, express great confidence in God who hears the cry of the good person who suffers. Calvary was not the end of the story of Jesus. "In the days when he was in the flesh, he offered prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence." (Hebrews 5:7)
Besides the opening verse of Psalm 22 uttered by Jesus in the Gospels of Mark and Matthew, the psalm is also cited explicitly in John's Gospel in a comment about the soldiers: