Eli, Eli, Why hast thou forsaken me?

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by Tim Roach


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Over the years I have heard a lot of debate about why Jesus made the statement about God having forsaken him shortly before his body died on the cross.

Mathew 27:46 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?

One of the more common reasons given is that Jesus was starting to quote Psalms 22

Psalms 22:1 To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?
Click here to read the chapter (opens new window) Webster's Bible Version.
It is interesting to read the entire chapter keeping in mind what all has just happened to Jesus. For there are a great many things that he could have been trying to say or even show us.

That reason/answer I think is a good answer, however, it does not address the why part of the question. Why would Jesus make a statement about His Father (Our Creator) having abandoned him? Would The Father abandon His only begotten Son at such an appalling time?

We know Jesus was sent to earth as our Savior. As well as the One that will be the intercessor of our sins with Our Creator. In order to be the One that fairly judges us of our sins Jesus had to go through every temptation, every feeling, every emotion, everything that we could go through. And up to that point he had gone through everything except for one thing.

That one thing would be the feeling of being totally alone and isolated from everyone including God. How many times in our lives have we felt that no one cares what happens to us and we feel that not even God is there for us. We just feel totally alone.

In order to be a true and fair judge of our sins Jesus had to also go through that feeling also and unfortunately for Him it had to be at the worst possible time not to be able to feel the hand of His Father upon Him. A moment when I am sure he wanted (needed) to feel the comfort of His Father being with him just as He had felt His entire life.

Please forgive me for adding a bit of emotion and trying to guess what was going through the mind of Jesus at that moment. But I would guess that He went through a moment of confusion where He just did not understand why God had pulled away from him and left him alone and totally on his own perhaps for the first time in his entire life.

Perhaps, and this is just my hypothesis, this was another test for Jesus set up by Satan. Much like with Job when Satan told God pull your hand away from Job and Job will turn against You. I suspect this was the last test in human form that Jesus had to go through for our sins. The feeling of being totally alone at the worst possible moment AND something that He (Jesus) was not expecting to happen. As Jesus said there are some things that only The Father knows. (for instance Mark 13:32^) Thus, this might have been the ultimate test aginst Satan while being totally alone, suffering with extreme pain, confused and isolated.

A test where he had to feel totally alone, most likely, for the first time in His life, after all the brutality He had just endured . . . with Satan whispering in His ear "turn away from Your Father, bow before me and the pain will go away" . . . it would make perfect logic to me why Jesus would ask the question: Father why have You abandoned me?

Or to quote the statement correctly "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"






^ Mark 13:32 - But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father only.


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