Why have you forsaken me?

And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46

As Jesus hung on the cross He took on the sins of the entire world, all sins that had been committed, all the sins that were being committed and every sin that would be committed in the future. Every sin, not just what we sometimes thing of as little sins, mostly those we commit, but sins like murder and rape.

All these sins were poured down on Jesus. So much sin that God could no longer look on Jesus. The picture I have been told was that of God turning His back on Jesus unwilling to look at so much sin. Now what really transpired between God the Father and God the Son we will never know. All we have to go on is what Jesus said, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

Now there have been times in my life when I felt that God had forsaken me. But each time I was wrong. You see God never forsakes us even when we feel like He has. So also, God did not forsake Jesus even when Jesus, fully man, felt forsaken. Sometime we forget the human part of Jesus. He felt all the same hurts and emotions we feel. Yes the nails really hurt Him. Yes he got hungry and thirsty. He was fully human.

He was also fully God. No human could have taken all mankind’s sins on them. Only God incarnate could do that. Because of Jesus’ humanity we are all saved. Because of Jesus’ deity it was possible to happen. Our salvation took both.

So, the next day you feel forsaken remember even Jesus felt that way. But also remember God the Father did not forsake Jesus and He will not forsake you.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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