Did God Really Forsake Jesus Christ on the Cross?

Matthew 27:46
About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani,”—which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

These words that Jesus cried out as he was hanging on the Cross have been a source of much confusion and debate among Christians through the years. Some teach that Jesus became sin, God cannot look on sin, and thus God forsook His Son. Others, citing the following verses, say that God did not forsake His Son when he needed Him the most:

John 10:30
“I and my Father are one.”

John 16:32
“You [disciples] will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.”

2 Corinthians 5:19
“To wit, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself.”

By His very nature, our heavenly Father could not turn away from His only begotten Son, especially at the moment for which God has been preparing him all of his life. Jesus Christ was the crux of history, the one on whose shoulders the salvation of mankind was riding, the one who trusted his Father step by step all the way to this defining moment of His-story. And then God forsook him? That just doesn’t make sense. More importantly, it is not what the Bible says.

Many Bible commentators and teachers have promoted the idea that Jesus became sin for us and therefore the holy God had to forsake him because God cannot stand sin. This idea comes from 2 Corinthians 5:21, which in the NIV reads, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God.” But an accompanying note indicates that another way to translate the phrase “be sin for us” is “be a sin offering.”

The NIV translators recognized that because of the semantic range of the Greek word for “sin,” hamartia, it can be used (by the figure of speech Metonymy) to mean “a sin offering.” Thus, they translate hamartia in Romans 8:3 as follows: “For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering.”

Hebrews 10:5 and 6 are especially relevant: “Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: ‘Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased’” (See also 6:8 and 13:11). These verses show that the Old Testament sin offerings, the best God could do for His people at that time, simply pointed to the coming of the only one who could sacrifice his own body as a once-and-for-all sin offering. [For further study read How can a man atone for the sins of mankind?]

Scripture is all about the great truth that by his genetic perfection (God’s choice via his virgin birth) and behavioral perfection (his choice to always obey God), Jesus, the Lamb of God, was the perfect offering (sacrifice) for all the sin (nature) and sins (behavior) of mankind. The righteousness Jesus “earned” paid the price for all men’s sins and made possible the “gift” of righteousness (Rom. 5:17) to all who believe in his work on their behalf.

It is significant that the first Adam did sin—royally—and yet God did not forsake him. Cain sinned, and God did not forsake him either. The truth is that God has never forsaken His people because of their sin, so why would He do so with His own Son? There is no way (and no verse saying) that God forsook the Last Adam after he had walked a perfect walk all the way to the Cross.

There is another piece of evidence showing that God did not forsake Jesus in his final hours, and it has to do with the prophecy (see Exod. 12:46; Num. 9:12; Ps. 34:20) quoted in the following verse, which comes right after the record of the Roman soldiers breaking the legs of the others crucified with Jesus, but not breaking his because he was already dead:

John 19:36
These things happened so that the Scripture would be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken.”

Think about the beating and torture that Jesus endured. And think about the fact that spikes were pounded into his hands and feet, each of which contains many bones. How was it possible that not one bone was broken?

We assert that it was as if God drew a line in the sand and said, “No more than that!” That prophetic promise must have given Jesus assurance as he went through his horrible ordeal. He knew that his Father was right there with him, and God’s keeping that promise was a forerunner of His greater promise to raise Jesus from the dead. [For further study read The Last Week of Christ’s Life.]

If God forsook Jesus on the cross because he became sin, what will God do when you and I sin? He would have to turn His face away from our sin, and from us, but that is not how our heavenly Father is, nor what He does.

When Jesus was arrested, and Peter pulled out his knife to fight the soldiers, what did Jesus say? “Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?” (Matt. 26:53). It appears that Jesus and His Father were quite close, and that Jesus was counting on God to be there for him with whatever he needed.

And so, when we read Matthew 27:46—“Why have you forsaken me?”—we must ask ourselves if we really understand what Jesus said and why. Without going into depth about the Aramaic words Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani, suffice it to say that Eloi means “My God,” lama means “why,” and the root word shabak, while usually translated “forsake,” is also translated “kept” or “reserved.” Thus, the context is important to determine its meaning.

We assert that Jesus was quoting from Psalm 22, verse 1, not in a cry of despair at being forsaken by God, but rather a cry of proclamation to those Jews gathered at Golgotha that what was taking place before their eyes was the fulfillment of Messianic prophecy, and that he really was who he said he was. As for the idea that Jesus believed that God had forsaken him and thus cried “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” one problem is that verse 24 of Psalm 22 specifically says that God would not forsake the suffering Messiah. But before we go to Psalm 22, let us consider two other verses regarding the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy in the crucifixion of Jesus:

John 19:24b
“This happened that the Scripture might be fulfilled which said, “They divided my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.”

Matthew 27:41-43
(41) In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him.
(42) “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him.
(43) He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.”

Keep that in mind that Jesus repeatedly referred to Old Testament prophecies to substantiate that he was the Messiah to Israel, and, if you want to follow along in your own Bible, look at Psalm 22.

As you picture the scene at Golgotha, remember that Jesus had been beaten and tortured for about 40 hours prior to his death, and that he was covered with blood. Besides Mary, Jesus’ mother, and others close to him, no doubt many of those gathered around were people Jesus had healed, people who believed, or at least hoped, that he was the promised Messiah. What did that horrible sight on the center cross do? It assaulted their faith. Don’t you think that what they saw happening to their hero might have caused them to doubt whether or not all Jesus had said was true?

And so, as his manner was, Jesus Christ reached for their hearts with God’s Word. He did so by quoting a section that they all knew, one that vividly sets forth that which was vividly being enacted right in front of their eyes. With some of his last breaths, he spoke the Word. He spoke to comfort those who believed on him, and at the same time gave those who did not believe, including those who were crucifying him, one more opportunity to believe that he was who he said he was—the Son of God, the Messiah.

Have you ever heard of the twenty-third Psalm—maybe even before you were a Christian? Did you ever memorize a part, or all, of it? Would you agree that the twenty-third Psalm is one of the most famous sections of the Bible? You know, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” And we’re in the twenty-first century. What about 28 A.D.—in Jerusalem? Do you think the Israelites, to whom the Psalms were written, might have known it?

Have you ever wondered why Psalm 23 is so well known, but not Psalm 79, for example, or 32 or 57? One of the reasons is that Psalms 22, 23 and 24 form what you might call a “Messianic Trilogy,” one that virtually every Israelite knew by heart. Keep that in mind as we look at Psalm 22.

Old Testament prophecy often had both a current and future application, and here we are concerned with the future application of what is written in Psalm 22. As we read it, we will see why Jesus said, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Later, in John 19:30, he said, “It is finished.” And what we will see is that Jesus quoted the very first phrase in Psalm 22—and the very last phrase, which, properly translated, should read, “…it is finished.”

Have you ever been listening to the radio and heard even one line from an old song that is one of your favorites? Doesn’t the whole song run through your head? Sure, because it is in your memory. Maybe you even start singing it. Well, Jesus quoted the beginning and the ending of one of the most famous, most well known, and most memorized sections of all of the Old Testament, one that vividly set forth what was taking place right in front of their eyes. No doubt for many of them who had ears to hear, the verses we are about to read flashed through their minds.

Psalm 22:1
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning?

As we read on, we will see that these are basically rhetorical questions, because after verse 18 the theme of the psalm changes radically from death unto life. But to many standing around at the scene, their attention riveted by the horror of it all, it certainly appeared as if God had forsaken this man who had claimed to be His Son.

Psalm 22:2-5
(2) Oh my God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, and am not silent.
(3) Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the praise of Israel.
(4) In you our fathers put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them.
(5) They cried to you and were saved; in you they trusted and were not disappointed.

To whom did Jesus come? Israel. To whom was this Psalm written? Israel. Look how he is reminding them of their spiritual heritage, which included the Messiah.

Psalm 22:6
But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by men and despised by the people.

The word “worm” here is very interesting; it is the Hebrew word tola, which is not the ordinary word for worm. Rather, this was a worm from which crimson or scarlet dye was obtained. Why is this word used? Because Jesus was covered with blood, and was the color of scarlet dye.

Psalm 22:7 and 8
(7) All they that see me, they mock me. They hurl insults shaking their heads saying,
(8) “He trusts in the Lord; let the Lord rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.”

Didn’t we read something like that in Matthew 27:41-43? Yes, that very prophecy was unfolding right in front of their eyes, and Jesus was trying to call their attention to it.

Psalm 22:9-11
(9) Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you even at my mother’s breast.
(10) From birth I was cast upon you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God.
(11) Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help.

Remember? “All of you are going to leave me,” Jesus said.

Psalm 22:12
Many bulls surrounded me; strong bulls of Bashan encircle me.

“Bashan”? What does that mean? If you look it up you will find that Bashan was the chief cattle-raising area of Israel where the biggest, best, strongest bulls came from. Figuratively, Jesus is referring to the religious “top brass” of Israel. It was the Pharisees who had inspired, cajoled, and manipulated the Romans to pound the nails. As such, they were the ones responsible for Jesus’ death.

Psalm 22:13-15
(13) Roaring lions tearing their prey open their mouths wide against me.
(14) I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted away within me.
(15) My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death.

Using metaphorical language, these verses clearly describe a person dying. “All my bones”—we say things like that: “Every bone in my body is tired.” That doesn’t mean all 216 or however many there are. It is a figure of speech. In regard to Jesus, crucifixion dislocated a number of his bones, and no doubt it felt like all of them. His heart, the most critical organ in his body, “turned to wax.” A “potsherd” was an old piece of pottery dried by the sun—Jesus’ strength had ebbed away. His tongue stuck to the roof of his mouth—from the cross he said, “I thirst.”

Psalm 22:16-18
(16) Dogs have surrounded me, a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet.
(17) I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me.
(18) They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.

When the Romans crucified someone, they formed a cordon of soldiers around the cross to keep the people away. And the Jews referred to uncircumcised people like the Romans as “dogs.” “I can count all my bones.” That’s another figure of speech meaning that in his many beatings and floggings, Jesus’ skin had been flayed to the bone. People spit on him, taunted him, and gloated over him. “They divide my garments among and cast lots for my clothing.” This could not more clearly describe what later happened at Golgotha in fulfillment of this prophecy.

And it is at this point that the thrust of Psalm 22 begins to shift from death unto life.

Psalm 22:19-21
(19) But you, O LORD, be not far off; O my Strength, come quickly to help me.
(20) Deliver my life from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dogs.
(21) Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; save me from the horns of the wild oxen.

The Messiah calls upon his God, Yahweh, to save him. How? Not by taking him off the cross, but by raising him from the dead in accordance with other Old Testament prophecy. Look at these next verses:

Psalm 22:22 and 23
(22) I will [in the future] declare your name to the brothers; in the congregation I will praise you.
(23) You who fear the Lord, praise him. All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!

How is the Messiah going to praise God in the future when it is clear that he was to die? Only if God keeps His Word and raises him from the dead. And the next verse indicates that God had not forsaken him and would do just that!

Psalm 22:24
For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.

And this magnificent psalm, a vivid portrait of the death and resurrection of the man we now know as Jesus, the Messiah, ends with a crescendo of praise and promise pointing to some of the Millennial Kingdom blessings for God’s people:

Psalm 22:25-31
(25) From you comes my praise in the great assembly; before those who fear you I fulfill my vows.
(26) The poor will eat and be satisfied; they who seek the Lord will praise him—may your hearts live forever!
(27) All the ends of the earth will remember and will turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him,
(28) for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations.
(29) All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before him—those who cannot keep themselves alive.
(30) Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord.
(31) They will proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn—for he has done it.

The last clause of verse 31 should be translated a bit differently. In the KJV you can see that the word “it” is in italics, indicating that the translators added it. The pronoun “he” should be “it,” so that the psalm closes with the words, “for it is finished.”

Jesus Christ knew that, and in the final agonizing moments of his life had the presence of mind and the love for all men, including those who were killing him, to once again hold forth to them the Word of Life. He quoted the very first clause and the very last clause of a section of Scripture that they knew very, very well. With his dying breaths he affirmed one more time that he was who the Word of God said he was—the Messiah, the Son of the living God, the Redeemer of Israel and all who in the future would believe on him. What a man! What a Savior!

No, God did not forsake His Son, and He proved it three days and three nights later when He raised him from the dead. What a mighty God we have! Let us walk in Christ’s resurrection power and make known his life to a dying world. Amen.

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40 comments

  1. The emphasis and long reading of Psalm 22 is really the right way to go about refuting the nonsense of “God turned His back on Jesus.” This has become accepted doctrine in many evangelical circles, such that people will get quite angry if you attempt to question it.

    There are a lot of more argumentative points, most notably that there is nothing in the (correctly translated) Bible that says God cannot look upon sin, or the most basic point that the doctrine repudiates the divinity of Christ. Plus, Jesus never calls the Father simply “my God”, which points back to the divinity of Jesus himself.

    And do these commentators ask themselves why Matthew writes the words in Aramaic, instead of Greek, in the first place?

    But I think the positive approach is the most productive one, showing the actual meaning of Psalm 22. Christ delivers a powerful and inspiring message at the point of His death, and it is a shame to think of it going misunderstood and unappreciated by so many Christians.

    1. I agree with you brother. The words that Jesus said were spoken because He FELT forsaken, not because He was forsaken. When we sin, it is us that turn against God, not the other way around.

      What Jesus went through was simply the “illusion of separation.” i said this because He was carrying the sin of the world and in my understanding “lost” the known presence of His loving Father, yet Abba was with Him and did not forsake Him.

      Can God the omnipresent God not be at the cross when Jesus was dying? Can the God of love turn His face because His Son became sin? (2Cor 5:21). The answer is absolutely not. What human father would abandon his son when his innocent child is going through the most horrific pain one can imagine?

      If a human father would not do that, how much the divine Father?

      I have debated this issue with other believers before and I was told that I didn’t know what I talking about. The idea is that most evangelical believers see the Father as a Judge and as a condemner.

      I want no part of that. Abba is good, and Jesus represented Him perfectly.

  2. Thank you for clearing this up for me. I agreed with you before I read this post but wanted clarifying answers to my questions about “God cannot look at sin and therefore turned away from Jesus.” That idea just didn’t sit well with me. The evidence you provided in verse 24 gives me the answers I needed. I go to an evangelical church where after service the pastor and I discussed the topic. Of course he quoted, 2 Cor 5 and Gal 3:13, but I agree with you the scripture was misunderstood. I am going to share this with him and hopefully he will come to his senses. It just sounds so bad when someone on stage says Jesus became sin. It feels sounds like a lie and my soul shuts down. Jesus is the Son of God and is at his right hand. How could the Trinity ever have one part being unholy and still be the Trinity. No, Jesus has always been holy and was the sin offering we needed. Praise Jesus for You are everything!

  3. Thank you! By the Holy Spirit I have known that the Father did not turn His back on Jesus while He was on the Cross because Ps 22:24 says He did not turn His face from Him.
    If God will turn His back on His own Son in His darkest hour of need why would He not turn His back on me?
    For years I have fought against this false teaching. I was disappointed to find even Spurgeon did not see that Jesus was quoting Ps 22 while He was on the Cross.
    I would like to add another support to this teaching. We are studying James and I believe Jesus was fulfilling He instructions to us. James writes “count it all joy when you encounter various trials”. Or, the beatitudes where Jesus says, “Blessed are you when you suffer for righteousness sake”. Jesus was definitely doing both.
    I do not think Jesus quoted only the beginning and end of Ps 22. I believe He was singing the whole song of praise to the Lord as He hung on the Cross. His tongue was cleaving to the top of His mouth but He roared enough of the Psalm to let us know what He was doing. Count it all joy He was being blessed for suffering for righteousness sake.
    Spurgeon does an excellent job of teaching in sermon 2133 (Lama Sabachthani?) how the Lord is always close to martyrs when they are dying. Spurgeon says, “It is not the way of God to leave either His sons or His servants. His saints, when they come to die, in their great weakness and pain, find Him near.
    Jesus was singing praises while He was hanging on the Cross (as unfathomable as that may seem to us, His ways are not our ways).
    I really appreciate your teaching about the Aramaic meaning of “It is finished”. That definitely helps me in my efforts to support the truth using scripture.
    Have a blessed day!

  4. One more thing… the KJV says of Habakkuk 1:13 “Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity:…”
    this may be where the false understanding comes from.
    The NASB (my preferred version) says, “Your eyes are too pure to [m]approve evil,
    And You can not look on wickedness with favor…
    The NASB italicized the “with favor” which means that is the intended meaning. The KJV does not make that distinction which I am sure leads many astray. That is why I believe using James and the beatitudes to understand how Jesus would behave on the Cross are essential when witnessing to people who do not agree with our interpretation.
    I also like to refer people to Ezekiel where God takes him into the inner rooms of the Temple to show him the wicked deeds and activities people are doing in His very temple. If God cannot look on evil and wickedness then how could He show Ezekiel all the things that were going on which caused God to leave the Temple?

  5. Thanks. You confirmed what my heart knew to be true about my God. He does not turn away from us in our sin.

  6. So if God had not forsaken Jesus, why did Jesus say that he had?

    1. Jesus was tempted in all the same ways we are which required he experience every emotion mankind feels. Have you ever felt apart or isolated from God? Jesus did too, but feeling alone or abandoned is not the same as being abandoned.

    2. Go back reread, for this purpose for this reason was I spared. He was the lamb paying for our sin. If God forsook him he would still be dead.

    3. Jesus quoted Psalm 22 (first verse). It was His compassion that had Him quote this. He had said….Just believe in Me….If you can’t believe because of the words I speak…..believe for the miracles. He was always reaching out for His people…..even in His last moments on the cross…..He was saying in the quote…..go read the Psalm that starts with My God My God and you will see that the events you have just witnessed were written about in that Psalm several hundred years ago.

    4. do you not see it? Jesus was singing psalm 22 on the cross! it’s a song by David. He had sung that on purpose to remind His disciples that He is the Messiah. thats mindblowing!!!

    5. Firstly, I absolutely agree with the explanation of Psalm 22, and it is clear that Jesus was not affirming the sneering of the Pharisees standing around the cross who suggested that God had abandoned Jesus. That is another important point. It is our contention that the first Adam was not originally created to die; Adam and Eve sinned and thus became subject to death. After they sinned their soul was separated from intimacy with God and so they hid from Him. But their human spirit, which longs for God, became imprisoned within their soul. The last Adam (Jesus) had to die a sinless human death in order to break the power of satan. His body could die at the hands of the Romans, and His spirit He gave to Father God at the end, but His soul had to be detached from its source of life to enable the last Adam to die a human death. It was not already separated (because Jesus never sinned), thus the rhetorical question. The Trinity does all things together, any suggestion of division is utterly wrong.

  7. But Jesus didn’t just FEEL abandoned. He SAID that he was — publicly — at what was arguably one of the most important points in human history.

    Did Jesus say things that weren’t true?

    1. We believe Jesus expressed what he was experiencing. That does not mean it was true that God actually abandoned him. Saying it publicly or nor proves nothing.

    2. Jesus is quoting David.

      David said “My God, My God… ” and that is what Jesus is referencing so that the Jewish onlookers who all knew Psalm 22 would take it to it’s logical conclusion of the fulfilment of prophecy.

  8. well done, we serve a loving God.!!!

  9. Thanks…..I have been looking for conformation of this truth for many years……my search started along time ago. What finally convinced me was when I cried out to Jesus …..”Why didn’t you just say Father why have you left me or forsaken me.” Then it hit me…..Jesus never called God….God …. He always called Him Father (Unless He was stating something like “Love the Lord your God….” Then I was taken to John 16:32 (“you all will leave me , yet I am not alone because my Father is always with me…(paraphrase)and John 8:28 same meaning…..Father does not leave His Son alone…..He is always with Him and He is always with us. For me the importance was…..If God could forsake His only begotten Son…..Then could He forsake me for something. Not going to happen…..not for me anyway. Again Thanks

  10. I really appreciate your careful, scriptural answer to this issue. I have used every passage you have used to try and share this truth to those in my church and teaching ministry. I understand why the “God turned His face” argument is so compelling, since it seems to put it all in a neat package.

    However, the greatest impact of the God turned His face away position, is that it assaults the doctrine of the Trinity. God, therefore, was separated Father from Son in that moment. I do not find scriptural support for anything but the unity of the Godhead and that is what is disconcerting to this position.

    We have no problem with Jesus forgiving on the cross; taking care of his mother on the cross; freeing the thief to a wonderful future on the cross; but teaching the crowd that what was happening before them was already written in scripture? Verse 24 of Psalm 22 should be the culminating verse to oppose this errant perspective, but it has amazed me how many don’t want to take this into consideration.

    Thanks for your well thought out answer.

    1. Hi John, As we have stated, Jesus words were a clear calling to the crowds attention the prophecies concerning him,a nd that it was being fulfilled before their eyes.

      It might surprise you to know that we don’t accept the doctrine of the Trinity. We believe that there is God the Father, jesus the only begotten Son of God, and the gif too holy spirit. The three are united in purpose but they are not one in the same.

      1. Hi Dan Gallagher, that is not in contradiction to the doctrine of the Trinity. The doctrine states that the Father, Son, and Spirit are three distinct persons which share the one *being* of YHWH. While humans exist as only one person, YHWH exists as tri-personal while remaining one being. Scripture at different times and in different places refers to all three people as God and YHWH and having the authority and power of YHWH, while maintaining the assertion that there is only one YHWH God. The doctrine of the Trinity is the expression of that reality.

        1. With all respect Jeff, we reject he doctrine of the Trinity on many grounds. Here is your extensive work on the topic:http://www.biblicalunitarian.com

  11. I agree, it doesn’t mean that The father had forsaken Jesus. Questions: Dos it mean that Jesus was separated from the Father?

    Thanks,

    Will

  12. I agree completely. I’ve had a hard time accepting it from the pulpit for a few years now. However I don’t go into a tailspin over it anymore. If someone wants to believe that God could turn away from Jesus, that’s their problem. All I can do is share the truth. It’s the Spirit that will bring them into that truth. After seeing this truth, I now see it all through scripture. Jesus said that the father and I are one. If they’re one then that means they can’t be separated. 2Cor 5:18 says that God was in Christ reconciling himself to the world. That happened on the cross. So what difference does believing this make? Well if I can believe that Father can turn from his son and because of sin be separated, then I certainly can believe that he will turn from me when I sin.

    1. That is a great point Art. Amen!

  13. I watched my child die over a week. God the Father totally gets my pain. It has been such a strength to me to know He shared in my suffering. I will never suffer the anger people do when they loose a child. My pain is covered and I am continually covered in such loving arms. I cry but I am comforted. Thank you Jesus for what you did on the cross for me and my child who is in heaven with you.

  14. I believe Jesus did feel cut off from His Father who had willed His Son to be an oblation to wipe out the sins of the world. Quoting Psalm 22 verse 1 was quite appropriate in the circumstances, As human loaded with others’ sins, Jesus must have felt the injustice and harshness of punishment but he loved humanity and so was to accept the patibulum to its dregs, God the Father wanted to hear the final plea from the victim confirming that he had drunk the chalice of sorrow fully, licked it to its very final droplet! Obviously that done, Jesus gave out an intensely painful cry followed instantly by giving up His Spirit to His Father.

  15. According to the Lamsa Bible, the Aramaic words in this account at the cross is said to be “for this purpose was I spared”. Nevertheless, I am not a Bible scholar – just someone who wants to know the truth. This was a great teaching – and what I got out of it is that Jesus Christ was quoting Psalm 22, well-known words the Jews knew about the prophesy of the Messiah, that they could relate to, that proves once again who Jesus Christ is, the son of God, the savior.

  16. jesus never even felt forsaken by god he was reaffirming his followers by quoting david’s song to israel, it was the perfect choice of writing to voice, jesus probably said my god my god why hast thou forsaken me thousands of times in his life quoting psalm 22, i am agnostic but even i can see that he never thought god and his father had abandoned him, that psalm gave me goosebumps, i have a message to religious experts like martin luther perhaps you should feel the scriptures more than overintellectualize them

  17. Very very nicely done, and Amen Brother. Context is always important, and there have been numerous false teachings – especially in the faith-prosperity circles – which demote the power and Divinity of Jesus using the logic which you successfully argued against here. Much appreciated words, and I pray encouragement and blessing for you and your ministry brother 🙂

  18. Furthermore, if you go to Romans 1:16-17, after Paul says that he is not ashamed of the gospel, he says “for in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith…”

    The gospel certainly includes the death of Christ on the cross….and Paul says that this act demonstrates the righteousness of God! How could God turn His back on the grandest demonstration of His righteousness – No, but rather He was sitting on the front row watching every drop of blood that flowed from the Savior’s bruised and beaten body.

    Great post –

    1. Thank you for writing this . It is also a mistake , a heresy even , to teach that God the Father satisfied his wrath on Jesus . This is sung in a ” popular ” ” worship ” song , which goes ” “on that cross, as Jesus died, the wrath of God was satisfied.”.
      We as believers need to wake up to the false gospels

      1. How are we, the elect, imputed with God’s righteousness if our Savior didn’t satisfy God’s wrath on our sin by nature and volition?

    2. Wow, I am amazed. The Messiah said that his Father had forsaken Him and then that is what we read and accept.

      It seems people think they can teach the Almighty with all the nonsense they have been taught by “theology”, relativism and humanism. What has gone so wrong in the so-called Christian world?

  19. Thank you for writing this . It is also a mistake , a heresy even , to teach that God the Father satisfied his wrath on Jesus . This is sung in a ” popular ” ” worship ” song , which goes ” “on that cross, as Jesus died, the wrath of God was satisfied.”.
    We as believers need to wake up to the false gospels

    1. You are right, I cannot sing that bit of bad theology… shame the music is beautiful, but that verse ignores the fact that all judgment has been given to Jesus, and the book of Revelation refers to ‘the wrath of the Lamb’ (Jesus). If God had satisfied His wrath there would be no wrath to expect at judgment. This bad theology is so illogical and unbiblical it makes me wonder whether christians have stopped thinking for themselves.

  20. If Jesus was separated from the Father, because of sin, where is the scripture(s) that indicate his “re-union” with the father? Man needs redemption to be re-united with God because we are separated because of sin through Adam. If Jesus was separated at the cross to redeem us, how was He himself redeemed? It just doesn’t make any sense that Jesus was separated at the cross other than for the enemy to purpetuate a lie. God not being able to be in the presence of sin or look on sin is reducing the MOST HIGH GOD to a Superman having a kryptonite effect. That is not the God I see in the Bible. It is another lie the enemy wants man to believe to reduce all the God is.

  21. Pastor John Piper was preaching and he addressed Christ our propitiation as he spoke. He shared with us that a good way to understand that word was that Christ, for the elect, is our wrath absorber. That has been a great help to me. God didn’t turn from his Son, our Savior, because He was administering His wrath on Christ, as Jesus bore our sin of nature and our volition.

    Isaiah 53.11 is helpful here; “Out of the anguish of his soul he [God] shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.” (ESV) God was satisfied that Christ bore the wrath for the sin of the elect. Sin, dis-empowered allows the elect to be imputed with God’s Righteousness.

  22. Woooh at last now i know what Jesus was trying to do when he cried out those words….. I also used to think that God did hid his face from him…. which gave me confusion…. how can God turn away from his only Son. Thank you.

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