1. Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” ( “Father, father, why have you forsaken me?.”)
2. These words are quoted in the gospels these words as having been spoken by Yeshua during his last moments on the cross.
3. It might be imagined that they are the words of a desperate man, a man in the midst of a crisis of faith,
4. But in reality Yeshua -the most learned rabbi of all- was drawing attention to his role as the prophesied suffering Messiah (of whom Isaiah writes “He was pierced for our transgressions…”) by quoting the first line of Psalm 22.
5. The Psalm goes on to say:
“But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by everyone, despised by the people. All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads “He trusts in the Lord,” they say, “let the Lord rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.””
6. Mathew 27:43
“He trusts in God. Let God deliver Him now if He wants Him.”
7. Psalm 22:
“Dogs surround me, a pack of villains encircles me; they pierce my hands and my feet. All my bones are on display; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garments.”
8. Mathew 27:35:
“When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots.”
9. Luke 4:15-21
He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
10. The words “Father, father, why have you forsaken me?”, spoken in Yeshua’s dying moments on the cross mean simply “Today this scripture -Psalm 22- is fulfilled in your hearing.”
11. There can be no question that the events of the crucifixion as presented by the gospel writers fulfil the words of Psalms 22 , and so the only question is whether the events took place as written.
12. That these events did take as as written is proven by the accuracy of their reflection in the forensic details of the Shroud of Turin.
13. The Shroud of Turin -a rarely expensive first century-style cloth- records the scourging and the crucifixion by the Romans of a man who has head wounds consistent with the wearing of a cap of thorns, whose side was pierced by a Roman lancia, and whose body disappeared from the Shroud within 3 days, leaving an image imposed on the underside linen fibrils by a burst of nuclear radiation.
14. The pin-point forensic accuracy of the Shroud of Turin also warns of something yet to occur. During his reading of Isaiah in the Nazareth synagogue, Yeshua deliberately broke off before completing the prophecy:
“He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives, and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor… and the day of vengeance of our God…”