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 (NKJV)
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1 Samuel 9-12
Matthew 27:46 (NLT) — At about three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”
Matthew 27:46 (MSG) —Around mid-afternoon Jesus groaned out of the depths, crying loudly, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”
Matthew 27:46 (NIV) — About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” ).
It was in the last moments on the Cross that Jesus declared these words to the Father, why have you forsaken me? Using a prophetic quote from Psalm 22:1, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, and from the words of my groaning? “He expressed the great anguish and pain to experience the wrath of God on sin. He became a curse for us, as Galatians 3:13 says, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us (for it is written, Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree).” Communion and fellowship with the Father was interrupted while Jesus carried and atoned for the sins of all mankind.
What great loneliness our Lord Jesus Christ felt? For a moment as he carried the sins of the world on the cross, the Father had to leave. The physical agony of Jesus was horrible, but most of it was his spiritual separation from God. The book of Isaiah 53:10 tells us that “It pleased the Lord to bruise Him to grief.” This was done for us! That we might be made righteous before God, “who knew no sin, became sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus on the cross, was identified with humanity sunk in sin, that we might be made righteous before God.
This morning we understand that the Lord Jesus had not sinned himself, but took upon himself the guilt of our sins. When God as judge looked and saw our sins turned from his son, and what a separation! We were in the mind and heart of Jesus when the Father suffered such neglect. He did that so that today we could experience the restoration of our fellowship with the Father. Today through Jesus we are righteous and forgiven of all our sins. What a great blessing! This was a result of this moment in history, when Jesus cried, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?
Psalms 22:1 (NKJV) — My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from helping Me, And from the words of My groaning?
Hebrews 5:7 (NKJV) — who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear,
Isaiah 53:10 (NKJV) — Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.
2 Corinthians 13:4 (NKJV) — For though He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you.
2 Corinthians 5:21 (NKJV) — For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
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