Earlier today, I was reading a blog by Hans Warnke entitled The Truth Is Always The Winner. As I read the blog, Hans raised the question as to why Jesus cried out, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me!" Hans pointed out that Jesus was quoting from Psalm 22 so I turned to that psalm to read it in it's entirety.
In Psalm 22, David cries out in anguish. He asks the hard questions in Psalm 22:1-2. Why has God forsaken him? Why is God so distant? Why is He ignoring his cries for help? Why doesn't God answer? These are the very same questions which we cry out today and it is, in essence, the question God Himself cried out in Genesis 3:9 after Adam and Eve ate the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
Then the LORD God called to the man, "Where are you?
It is the cry of the father looking for his lost child and the lost child looking for his father.The Father is not lost. The Father has not wandered away. It is the child who has done so and so it is with us.
Then David answers his own questions. Upon reflection, he realizes that despite everything, God has not forsaken him.
For he has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.
Psalm 22:24 (NIV)
On the cross, Jesus was echoing our cry and His death and resurrection is God's response. We have not been forsaken by God.
Just a thought to ponder on. When Jesus called out, My God, My God why have You forsaken Me, God had turned His face away from His Son as Jesus bore, took into His body, all the sin of mankind and literally became God's sacrificial lamb. This teaching is what I believe and accept.
Be filled with Joy this Resurrection Sunday. Dorothy
I hope it is ok to add some more thoughts to this. The Peschitta..?..version translates this basically "for this purpose I came". The translators reason that Jesus would have spokem arabaic, and since they thought He cried for Elijah, that term was best suited. That is the purpose for His coming, to offer Himself a sacrifice for sin, so, the thought not completely wrong perhaps.
Mark 15:34 says being interpreted it is "My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken Me"? I agree with the text there. I don't think we can fully comprehend all that transpired there. The forces of darkness. The Light of the world now upon a cross. Shining.
Hab. 1:13 the prophet says God is of purer eyes than to behold evil. He then further basically wonders what God will do to those who work it. When He will move upon those who commit. First, God will place evils curse upon His Son Jesus Christ. What dread and horrible judgement will yet come upon all those who will not believe, and submit to His Son.
But, in that brief time, upon that cross, He became sin, and was cursed. Isa. 53:6, 2nd Cor. 5:21, Gal. 3:13. I believe there was a period wherein God the Father could not look upon His Son. I don't believe Jesus gave up His divinity though. Why. How. I don't believe we fully understand all that went on there. Nor can we, in our finite minds. "For God so loved the world". In this manner He shows us His love for the world. How anyone, at all, can doubt His love is beyond me. And, love is defined there, perfectly. Mankind can and will never really understand love, unless they look to the cross. Nor truly love either, until Gods love dwells within them.
The land became dark that day. At His last Jesus would call out this phrase. Some would think He called for Elijah. They would offer Him drink, trying to prolong His death to see if Elijah would come. Still not understanding.
What part did His divinity play, while His body bled its life away? Who can answer. Did God look away and forsake Him as He became sin for us? 2nd Cor. 5:19 says God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself. Can we apply that to those moments on the cross? Would our thoughts and views change what happened?
Time to stop. Thank You K for addressing the subject. Digging into the gems of scripture always benefits and strengthens us. Sad that we don't search and dig lots more. God bless you.