Eloi Eloi lama sabachthani.

April 6, 2010

My God, My God, why have you forsaken me.
Recently at a good Friday service I was asked to read this passage.  For some reason this passage came a lot more alive to me when I had to read it.

I had a friend come to me after, and ask me why Jesus said that. Why Jesus had felt forsaken by God.

There are all sorts of commentaries and ideas about this. But I think I may know why.

I think in that moment, God the father had to turn his back on Jesus.  That he couldn’t be around that sin that Jesus took on for us.

I believe that in that moment, Jesus was living out the legalistic relationship that we don’t have to live out.

We all as humans struggle with the idea that God punishes us when we’re bad, and rewards us when we’re good, but that’s not how God works.  That denotes everything that Grace is.  And because God wanted to do everything for us he sent his son.

Can you imagine what that would have been like for Christ. One, he is rejected by those he loves and is forced on the cross. Two he is taking the punishment we deserve.

Thirdly for a moment in time, his relationship with the person closest to him is broken.  And its not because of something he did, its because of something a ton of people did, that he loves dearly.

Isn’t that amazing.  Imagine the person your closest too.  Now imagine that relationship be cut off, and if you multiply that feeling by infinity, I think we may have some of an idea of what Jesus may have been going through right then.  It’s a pretty crazy idea.

I feel the longer we know Christ, the more we get to realize how much he loves us, and what he did for us.

I am glad we have a God that will not forsake us, because of His deep love for us, and because of what He did for us.

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3 Responses to “Eloi Eloi lama sabachthani.”

  1. Felicia said

    Well said Anthony! =)

  2. Tim said

    I believe you’re in the right realm of thought when approaching that passage. Every time we discussed this in church, I wanted someone to explain why Jesus would have said that if he WAS God as they preached. But I suppose that all comes down to individual doctorines. Surely it was something like what you said, or just the way he felt under the enormous weight of every sin in our history. Man, what he endured for us…

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