April 4, 2017

By Mike Donnalley

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)

These are the words that expressed Jesus’ greatest pain and agony, namely, being forsaken by his Father but they are also the words that ought to bring us the greatest comfort and peace, that we have been reconciled to the Father. These words that Jesus cried out encapsulate Paul’s explanation of the Gospel in 2 Corinthians 5:11, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” Take a moment and consider the connection between these two verses with me.

Jesus cried out, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" At this moment the wrath of God the Father is being poured out on God the Son, who is taking on and paying for our sins.

It was in order that in him we might become the righteousness of God. Hallelujah, what a Savior! Jesus was forsaken on the Cross to pay the penalty for our sin, and therefore restore us into a right relationship with our Father. Jesus’ death on the cross paid for our actual sin - past, present, and future.  Therefore we can rejoice in the full embrace of God our Father.

Jesus’ death on the cross paid for our actual sin - past, present, and future.

This week remember when you approach God in prayer that Jesus was forsaken so that we could trust with full confidence that “he will never leave us nor forsake us” (Hebrews 13:5). Not only will you not be forsaken, but you are embraced fully as his child and we can now cry out to God, "Abba! Father!" (Romans 8:15). As Paul puts in in Ephesians 1, God "has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places" and this is all because of the extreme lengths that Jesus was willing to go to restore your relationship with God.