Light for the Last Days

Why did Jesus ask God: ‘Why have you forsaken me?’?

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So, why did He say it?

My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?
Why are You so far from helping Me,
And from the words of My groaning?

Psalm 22:1 NKJV

And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

Matthew 27:46

And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which is translated, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

Mark 15:34

Why did Jesus say, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

If you understand this, you begin to understand what was happening at the cross, what was the worst agony for Jesus on the cross. It was not the physical pain of the crucifixion, not the flogging, not the crown of thorns, not even the mockery. It was having the sin of the world placed upon Him ‘from eternity to eternity’.

Jesus is the Son of God, equal with the Father, with the Holy Spirit. We believe in a ‘tri-unity’. They are in continual fellowship from the beginning of the world. Not just from the beginning of the world but from before the beginning of creation.

In His great High Priestly prayer Jesus says to the Father in John chapter 17,

And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.

John 17:5

That was what Jesus experienced from eternity the glory of the Father, being in constant fellowship with the Father and with the Holy Spirit. And, even when He became man and dwelt amongst us, He was still in constant communion with the Father.

Reading the scriptures: how He got up early in the morning and went to commune with the Father we see that everything He did during the day was in fellowship with the Father and with the Holy Spirit. It was constant, all through ‘eternity to eternity’.

Then, for one moment, for one terrible moment, in one sense, the sin of the world was placed upon the Lord Jesus. All the foul sins of humanity, the wickedness which has been done through the ages and was yet to be done, your sin, my sin was placed upon the sinless Son of God.

And, at that moment, He cried out:

My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?

because, at that moment, the sin of the world was placed upon Him, and because God who is holy could not look upon sin. The Father turned away from Him and that was the worst agony of the cross for Jesus. Bearing your sin and my sin, and having that relationship with the Father broken for a moment. That is a sense that, for a moment, Jesus experienced hell, being separate from God so that we might be saved from a Hell for eternity.

That is how much He loves you and me. That is how much it cost Him to suffer and to die that we might be redeemed.

A moment of separation. But only a moment.

Asher Norman says this was the last word Jesus spoke from the cross showing that He died in defeat and despair. That is not so. It wasn’t the last word from Jesus on the cross.

Matthew tells us that after this

And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.

Matthew 27.50

Matthew doesn’t tell you what He did cry out but John does. John says,

So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

John 19:30

He cried out: τετέλεσται (tetelestai) and died. ‘It is finished‘, it’s done.

He didn’t mean ‘My life is finished’; He meant that the task of redemption was finished and He’d accomplished it.

He knew that He had paid the debt and there was no longer any need for Him to stay on the cross any longer because He had paid the price for the sin of the world. It really was finished. What was finished was the task which He had come into the world to perform in order to save souls from eternal separation from God by bearing our sins Himself so that we might be forgiven and redeemed and brought into a relationship with God.

Because there was no longer any need for Him to stay on the cross a moment longer, the next thing He says, His last words in Luke’s Gospel,

44 Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. 45 Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two. 46 And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’ ” Having said this, He breathed His last.

Luke 23.44-46

So, Jesus dismissed His Spirit. He had finished the job. There was no longer any need to hang on the cross; He dismissed his Spirit and the Spirit left the body and returned to God.

And they were left with a lifeless body on the cross which was then taken down by Joseph of Arimathea and placed in the tomb where it would remain until the third day when the spirit would come back into the body and Jesus would rise from the dead, alive, and appear to the disciples.

Who was Joseph of Arimathea? | GotQuestions.org

All this was accomplished so that Jesus would bear the sin of the world so all those who believe in Him can have their sins forgiven and be redeemed to God.

And, as we read in Matthew’s Gospel, he describes what happened at the cross,

the soldiers gambling for the robe,

23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments and made four parts, to each soldier a part, and also the tunic. Now the tunic was without seam, woven from the top in one piece. 24 They said therefore among themselves, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be,” that the Scripture might be fulfilled which says:

“They divided My garments among them,
And for My clothing they cast lots.” [Psalm 22.18]

Therefore the soldiers did these things.

John 19.23-24

the physical pain of the crucifixion,

27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole garrison around Him. 28 And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. 29 When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 30 Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head. 31 And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified.

Matthew 27.27-31

the bones out of joint, the heart being broken, the thirst,

14 I am poured out like water,
And all My bones are out of joint;
My heart is like wax;
It has melted within Me.
15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd,
And My tongue clings to My jaws;
You have brought Me to the dust of death.

Psalm 22.14-5

the wicked congregation calling for His death, mocking and surrounding Him;

12 Many bulls have surrounded Me;
Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled Me.
13 They gape at Me with their mouths,
Like a raging and roaring lion.

Psalm 22.12-13

29 And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads and saying, “Aha! You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, 30 save Yourself, and come down from the cross!”

31 Likewise the chief priests also, mocking among themselves with the scribes, said, “He saved others; Himself He cannot save. 32 Let the Christ, the King of Israel, descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe.”

Even those who were crucified with Him reviled Him.

Mark 15.29-32

39 And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads 40 and saying, “You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”

41 Likewise the chief priests also, mocking with the scribes and elders, said, 42 “He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him. 43 He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now if He will have Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”

Matthew 27.39-43

But I am a worm, and no man;
A reproach of men, and despised by the people.
All those who see Me ridicule Me;
They shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
“He trusted in the Lord, let Him rescue Him;
Let Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him!”

Psalm 22.6-8

All that is there, in Matthew, which is the fulfilment of what we read in Psalm 22.

Tony Pearce

4 comments

  • If Yeshua ‘s body was placed in the tomb the the sixth day of the week, and He was 3 days and 3 nights in the tomb, then which day was He resurrected? It would have to be the 2nd day of the week?
    However if there was a double Shabbat, then it makes sense that He was resurrected on the first day of the week.

    • Thank you Mitah,
      This is the timeline according to some:
      SUNDAY
      Jesus rides into Jerusalem. Matthew 21:1-11
      He cleansed the temple. verses 12-13
      He healed the sick. verses 14-16
      In the evening He went back to Bethany (2 miles east of Jerusalem on the east slope of Olivet)

      MONDAY
      In the morning He cursed the fig tree. Mark 11:12-14
      The rest of the day was spent in the temple teaching:
      The authority of Jesus Matthew 21:23-27
      The two sons verses 28-32
      The wicked tenants verses 33-46
      The marriage feast Matthew 22:1-14
      The tax question verses 15-22
      The resurrection verses 23-33
      The great commandment verses 34-40
      About David’s son verses 41-46
      Woes against the Pharisees Matthew 23:1-36
      Leaving the temple, Jesus outlined the future. Matthew 24:1-39
      The ten virgins Matthew 25:1-13
      The talents verses 14-30
      The coming judgment verses 31-46
      Judas contacts the authorities. Matthew 26:14-16

      TUESDAY
      Discovery of the withered fig tree. Mark 11:20-26
      Back to Jerusalem and the Passover meal. Matthew 26:17-19
      Jesus did not do any public teaching this day.
      In the evening, the Passover meal. Luke 22:13-20
      Jesus exposed Judas. Matthew 26:21-25
      Late that night, they went to Gethsemane. verses 30-36
      The battle intensified for Jesus. verses 37-46
      During the night Jesus was arrested. verses 47-56
      Jesus was taken to the court of the Jews. verses 57-68
      The denial of Peter. verses 69-75

      WEDNESDAY
      At 6:00 A.M. Jesus was taken to Pilate. Matthew 27:1-2
      Judas commits suicide. verses 3-10
      That morning Jesus is tried in the Roman court. verses 11-25
      Mid-morning Jesus was sentenced and whipped. verses 26-32
      At 12:00 P.M. He was crucified. verses 33-45
      At 3:00 P.M. Jesus died on the cross. verses 46-51
      Jesus declares, “It is finished!” John 19:30
      Jesus was buried. Matthew 27:57-60
      By His stripes, sickness was dealt with. Isaiah 53:3-5
      By His blood, sin was dealt with. Hebrews 9:11-15
      Jesus was faithful. Hebrews 2:9-18, 3:1-2

      THURSDAY – FRIDAY – SATURDAY
      Then Jesus went to paradise. Luke 23:39-46
      Jesus stayed here for 3 days & nights. Matthew 12:40
      The Hebrew word for the place of the dead is “sheol,” it consisted of two compartments. Luke 16:19-26
      Jesus was not tormented; He was preaching! I Peter 3:18-20, 4:6
      The body of Jesus was in the grave from Wednesday night through Saturday. Remember, a Hebrew day runs from 6 P.M. – 6 P.M. (24 hours).

      SUNDAY
      Sometime early Sunday morning, He arose! Matthew 28:1-10
      The same Spirit that raised up Christ also dwells in us. Romans 8:11
      That day Jesus went to heaven to present His blood. John 20:11-17; Hebrews 9:11-14
      Jesus returned to the earth (John 20:18-31) to deal with the devils. Colossians 2:14-15

      AFTER THE RESURRECTION UP TO THE ASCENSION
      Jesus stayed on the earth for 40 days. Acts 1:1-3
      What Jesus told Peter, He is telling us too. John 21:12-17
      Jesus ascended to heaven 40 days later! Acts 1:9-11
      Jesus took all the Old Testament saints out of paradise. Ephesians 4:8-10
      Seven days later the Holy Ghost came. Acts 2:1-4

      You may find some additional information in this link: https://www.eaec.org/bibleanswers/passover-week-two-sabbaths.htm

      I hope this helps. God bless.

  • Thank you for reminding us of the enormity of His sacrifice. I’m forever grateful of all that Jesus suffered for me.
    I want others to have this revelation.

    • Thank you Sue. I pray that your request be fulfilled and many come to know our Lord Jesus the Messiah.
      God bless