Mar11SunMarch 11, 2018
"And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" (Matthew 27:46)
We are now at the fourth Word or expression of Jesus where the attention shifts from forgiving all, rescuing a pleading sinner, uniting a relationship to Himself and the Father. Now it gets personal. In a relationship where Jesus always pleases the Father, does what He sees the Father do, and speaks what He hears the Father say, He now questions the Father regarding abandonment – “Why have You left Me behind; Why have You deserted Me?”
This is not a cry of doubt (feeling of uncertainty or lack of conviction) and despair (complete loss or absence of hope), this is a lamentation (passionate expression of grief or sorrow; weeping). The thing about lamentation, you may start out grieving, but you’ll end up praising. The Word of God says, “For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning (Ps. 30:5).”
This was not an issue of unfaithfulness on either part, Jesus or the Father. This was about walking through the most difficult time of Jesus’ life and having to go it alone, but He was not alone. The Father, the Holy Ghost, the angels were all aware. The Father had not forsakened Him but Jesus had to endure this part of His life and ministry by Himself. The feeling of detachment became very real. He had to go it alone.
You too will go through things in life that are unfair, unjust, unkind, and undeniably painful. You may say within yourself, “why me?... How could this happen?... Why did this happen?... God, where were You?” The Word of God teaches us that, “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin (Heb. 4:15).” He leads by example. Jesus can sympathize and empathize with us, having been made perfect by the things which He suffered. He knows exactly how to comfort us in suffering wrongdoing when we have done nothing wrong. He is able bring us through it for the Glory of God (See Rom 11:36 NLT).
"For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings." (Heb. 2:10)