God Forsaking God?

I was deeply troubled. If God had forsaken Jesus, what did that mean for me? Then I understood!

I was a seeker wondering if Christ was real when I read Christ’s words from the cross:

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46

I was deeply troubled. If God had forsaken Jesus, what did that mean for me?

Fortunately, I had a believing mother who explained that this sad cry from Christ's lips marked the point in time when the Father looked away from Jesus because He bore the full weight of our sins – my sins.

Soon after, I committed my life to Christ.

Forty-some years later with a masters from seminary and many years of Bible study, I still don’t understand Christ's separation from His Father, nor does anyone else.

Some things are too great for us to understand (1 Corinthians 13:12).

But we know Christ suffered this terrible separation so that we might never experience it ourselves.

Christ's desperate cry reveals an incredible love that is beyond our grasp intellectually, but given freely to all who believe.

Amazing!

I was deeply troubled. If God had forsaken Jesus, what did that mean for me? Then I understood!

4 comments:

  1. I love this, thank you. I struggled a long time with this.

    The only thing that still nags me (and has nagged me for YEARS, no matter how much I try to just let it go) is, why did Jesus ask why?? Didn't he know already?

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    1. That's a good question, Fayelle. I can't claim to know the answer, but these are my thoughts: Hell is separation from God, something worse than anyone, believer or unbeliever experiences fully here on earth.

      And in some mysterious way, Christ was human as well as God.

      Was this his human side crying out in total despair and confusion caused by complete separation from God?

      I think back to Christ's prayer in the garden in Luke 22:42: "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." I think we see Christ's human side in this prayer as well.

      He never sinned, but He experienced temptations and other aspects of being human.

      I hope this is helpful, but the bottom line is that it's one of those mysteries that one day we will better understand.

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  2. Good morning Gail and HAPPY THURSDAY TO YOU! I am so glad that you didn't give Fayelle some knee-jerk answer to his question. Rather, in humility, pointed him back to God’s Word. Indeed, any theologian is not to construct doctrine (of their own) beyond Scripture. Likewise, Luke is a great place to see and understand that Christ understands our suffering; for Christ suffering on the Cross was greater than any suffering we can endure. The hardship Christ endured (at Calvary’s Cross) ensures every believer in God that we are more than able to endure our suffering in this world too. For “in this world we will have troubles. But take heart I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, NIV) What a beautiful thing to know that “we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15, NIV)

    Blessings,
    Candy

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  3. Jesus was also referring to Psalms 22. In this psalm David gives an amazing accurate description of the suffering the Messiah would endure hundreds of years later.

    I don’t think he was actually asking God why He was forsaking him as much as he was referring to this passage in the Bible. The Jews there would have known this verse by the first line not Psalms 22.

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