FULFILMENT

The writer has often wondered over the cry of our Master while he hung on the cross, as recorded by Matthew: "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" Jesus could never have doubted for a single moment the omnipresence and omnipotence of God, Love, as is pointed out by Mrs. Eddy in Science and Health. She says (p. 50), "Had Life, Truth, and Love forsaken him in his highest demonstration? This was a startling question. No! They must abide in him and he in them, or that hour would be shorn of its mighty blessing for the human race."

A light seemed to be thrown on this subject during the study of one of the Lesson-Sermons, and on comparing Psalm xxii., of which these words are the beginning, with the account of the crucifixion in Matthew xxvii., it was seen how several of the prophecies in this psalm were fulfilled; namely, "All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him." In Matthew we read: "Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, ... He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God." Again, in this psalm we find these words: "They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture;" while Matthew says, "And they ... parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet."

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