Astonishing Truth About “My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?”

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Published by Kenneth Garcia


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From the moment of His birth, Jesus Christ was the perfect example of a man who was wholly devoted to God. As He grew in wisdom and stature, Jesus remained ever-dedicated to His mission from God.

Jesus taught, healed many, and even performed miracles to prove the power of His message. And in the face of persecution and ridicule, He never wavered from His faith. He was a man of unwavering conviction, and He was determined to carry out God’s will for Him.

But something changed at His crucifixion; at the ninth hour, Jesus cried with a loud voice and in anguish, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?”—the Aramaic form—that is, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46). It was as if Jesus was questioning the very nature of God and His relationship with mankind.

Why Jesus Cried “My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?”

And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” The words He spoke were in Aramaic, a form of Hebrew, and are translated as “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me[1]?” (Matthew 27:46, KJV).

The words of Jesus Christ as He was crucified have been interpreted in a variety of ways. Some believe that He was questioning the nature of God’s plan for Him as His son. Others believe that He was expressing His feelings of despair and loneliness, while others still believe that He was trying to understand why God was allowing Him to face such a difficult situation.

Theologians have debated these questions for centuries, and there is still no definitive answer. However, one thing is certain: Christ’s words reveal a deep and personal understanding of the suffering He was about to go through. He knew that He was about to experience the ultimate sacrifice, and He was willing to accept it despite the immense pain that it would cause Him.

Despite the countless theories as to why Jesus felt forsaken, the only thing we can be sure of is that He was fully aware of His impending death. He knew that He was fulfilling those prophecies, and He was ready to accept them as part of God’s plan because He was aware that His death would save the world.

Why Did Jesus Feel Forsaken On The Cross?

The Bible does not directly answer why Jesus felt forsaken on the cross, but we can infer from the context of His words that He was feeling alone in His final hours and in despair. He was surrounded by a hostile crowd, who were jeering and mocking Him. He was betrayed by one of His closest friends and denied three times by another. His disciples had abandoned Him, and He was crucified as an innocent man.

Some believe that Jesus was questioning God’s plan for Him. After all, why would God allow His son to suffer such a fate? The answer lies in the fact that Jesus was fully human and, like us, experienced real emotions. He was not just a divine being; He was also a man who felt fear and sorrow, love and joy, and pain and despair. His words on the cross were Jesus’ cry of anguish from a man who felt forsaken and alone in the face of death.

Others believe Jesus was simply trying to figure out why God was putting Him in such a difficult situation. He was still perplexed as to why He had to go through such a terrible ordeal. At the same time, Jesus’ cry represented faith and hope. Even though He felt neglected, He knew that God was with Him and that His death would save humanity from all the sins of the earth. His words reflected His faith in God and trust in God’s plan.

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Why Did Jesus Call Out To God When He Knew The Answer?

Jesus knew what was coming. He knew it was His time to die for us, for our sins. But He still asked, “Why?” Why does it have to be me? Why do I have to suffer so much? Why am I going through all of this? Why am I forsaken?

We are told in the Bible that we should not worry about tomorrow but live in the moment and trust God with our future. But how can we do that when life is so hard? How can we live in the moment when there’s so much pain around us? How can we trust God when all hope seems lost?

That’s why Jesus called out to God during His trial—He needed someone to talk Him through it. He needed guidance on how He could make it through each painful step of His crucifixion without losing hope. And just like Jesus called out to God in a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?”, we should call out to Him too when things get tough: “God, help me make it through today.”

Why Would God Bruise His Own Son?

The question of why God would bruise His own son and allow Him to suffer such a fate has been asked by believers for centuries. The answer is not easy to understand. The moment that Jesus dies on the cross, some believe that God allowed Jesus to suffer to demonstrate His love for mankind and so that God’s wrath could be satisfied.

Jesus wasn’t God’s enemy. He was rendering the holiest service to God the Father ever rendered. Because of this, Isaiah can say that the LORD was pleased to bruise Him (Isaiah 53:10).

Whatever the reason for the Lord God’s decision to allow Jesus’ death and suffering, it is clear that Jesus was fully aware of everything. He knew that His death would bring salvation to the world, and He was willing to accept it as part of God’s plan. But He still wanted to understand why He had to go through such a terrible ordeal.

What Do Jesus’ Words Mean For Us?

When Jesus was crucified on the cross, from the sixth hour on, there was darkness in all the land, and Christ was in a very dark place. It is important to know that His words were not simply an expression of His feelings of despair and loneliness. Instead, Jesus was questioning the nature of God’s plan for Him.

His words still resonate with us today, even two thousand years later. They remind us of the great love that God has for us and the lengths He was willing to go to, even sacrificing His only son, to save us from our sins. They remind us of the importance of faith and trust in God, even in times of despair.

Christ’s words also remind us of the power of prayer. Even in moments of despair, we can trust that God is with us and that He hears our cries. We can call out to Him and know that He is listening. We can trust that He will never forsake us, no matter how dark our circumstances may seem. God knows what He is doing.

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In the darkest moments of our lives, we can be sure that God will never abandon us. We can rest in His word, knowing that He is with us through every circumstance and trial.

Jesus said these words on the cross as He was dying for the sins of the world: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46). These words have been echoed in the hearts of believers for centuries. We can trust God’s plan, knowing that He knows what He’s doing even when we don’t understand why something is happening. These words also demonstrate the depth of Jesus’ love for humanity.

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