Imagine you found an old biography and started reading it only to discover incredible parallels, similarities, and overlaps with your own life. The person you’re reading about about seems to have gone through almost identical experiences to yourself and even thought the same thoughts, felt the same feelings, spoke the same words, and sang the same songs! You’d almost conclude that the book was written for you, even about you.
Uncanny! Weird! Bizarre! Coincidence!
In the case of Jesus, it was God.
Not coincidence, but Providence.
The book is the Old Testament, especially 1 and 2 Samuel; the songs are found in the book of Psalms; and the subject of the biography is King David.
God deliberately designed David’s life, words, and songs in such a way that they helped the Lord Jesus to come, live, suffer, and die for sinners. When Jesus read these stories and sang these songs, He found incredible parallels, similarities, and overlaps with his own life. They were written for Him. They were written about Him. Which is why we find Him quoting the Psalms so often.
From the beginning of his life:
Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a body You have prepared for Me. In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You had no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come—In the volume of the book it is written of Me—To do Your will, O God’” (Ps. 40:6-8 quoted in Hebrews 10:5-7).
To the end of his life:
“Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit” (Ps. 31:5 quoted in Luke 23:46).
What a book. What a Savior. What a God!