Chapter 36 The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.
This week’s question: “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27.46).
Today’s question contains some of the last words of our Savior as He hung dying on the cross. He spoke seven times from the time the soldiers dropped that cross into a hole on Calvary until He died.
The first was a prayer, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do” (Luke 23.24). Jesus lived out what He preached in Matthew 5 when He commanded us to “love our enemies” and “pray for those who persecute [us].”
He next statement was a promise to another dying man, one of the thieves who hung on either side of Him. “Today you will be with Me in Paradise” (Luke 23.43). That man had come to understand what we all must, if we are to spend eternity with Jesus:
- That we are sinners who deserve to die.
- That Jesus was without sin and who He claimed to be.
- That the penalty for sin is death.
- That God alone can offer us forgiveness and grace.
His next words were a pronouncement. “Woman, behold your son” (John 19.26). The author:
Seeing His mother, Mary, standing alongside His disciple John, Jesus commended her into John’s care. Yes, Jesus died taking care of others. Significantly, He referred to her as “Woman,” an indication that He was now severing all earthly ties. He would no longer be her son; now He would be her Savior.
Then came the darkness that, after three hours, was pierced with the haunting words of a prophecy: “My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Psalm 22:1). And after the darkness, three quick words. First, a plea: “I thirst!” (John 19: 28), revealing the human side of our Lord. Next came the proclamation: “It is finished!” (John 19: 30). The Greek word means “to be paid in full.” Jesus didn’t go to the cross to make a small down payment for our sin; He paid our sin debt in full. Finally came His last word, a profession: “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit” (Luke 23: 46). And Jesus died.
But why was Jesus forsaken by His Father when we know that God does not forsake His people? Continue reading