Forsaken?

 

*   (Mat 27:46 NIV)  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?"

*   (Mark 15:34 NIV)  And at 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?"

 

Many believe these verses show that Jesus was "Forsaken" and His Father abandoned Him because of the sin He took upon Himself. Others think Jesus thought he was “Forsaken” because of His circumstances. Neither idea is correct. The truth is that God forsakes nobody and Jesus knew that! We will see just what Jesus was doing when He uttered those words from the cross.

 

First let’s get one thing straight. People and things are not, “Sin.” It is unfortunate that some translations make it seem otherwise.

*   (2 Cor 5:21 NIV)  God made him who had no sin to be sin (Or <be a sin offering>) for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

 

God made Jesus, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Jesus, the Christ. The Greek here is, 'for him who knew no sin, he hath made sin, or a sin-offering for us.' We see this in John 1:29.

*   (John 1:29 NIV)  The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

 

We see even more clearly in these next two passages that Jesus was not a sinner nor was He actually sin.

*   (Rom 8:3-4 NIV)  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. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, {4} in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.

*   (Eph 5:1-2 NIV)  Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children {2} and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

 

You see that Jesus did not become sin nor did he become a sinner. But, He was a perfect sacrifice, a perfect offering that God accepted as having the power to redeem us

 

Sin is not a thing such as a person or a lamb. Sin is transgression of the law. An offense against the will of God. Sin is something that is committed.

*   (1 John 3:4 KJV)  Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

*   (1 John 3:8-9 KJV)  He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

 

 

Jesus always knew He would die as a perfect sacrifice and was in agreement with His Father. There was no doubt and no reluctance. He came to earth to die for us. End of story.

*   (Heb 10:1-10 NIV)  The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming--not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. {2} If it could, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. {3} But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins, {4} because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. {5} Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: "Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; {6} with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. {7} Then I said, 'Here I am--it is written about me in the scroll-- I have come to do your will, O God.'" {8} First he said, "Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them" (although the law required them to be made). {9} Then he said, "Here I am, I have come to do your will." He sets aside the first to establish the second. {10} And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

 

So what about that “Forsaken” statement? We will see the answer shortly but first let’s be clear. We may forsake God but God does not forsake us. Consider these verses from both the Old and New Testaments.

*   (Deu 31:6 NIV)  Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."

*   (Deu 31:8 NIV)  The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."

*   (Josh 1:5 NIV)  No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.

*   (1 Ki 8:57 NIV)  May the LORD our God be with us as he was with our fathers; may he never leave us nor forsake us.

*   (Psa 94:14 NIV)  For the LORD will not reject his people; he will never forsake his inheritance.

*   (Psa 37:28-29 NIV)  For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones. They will be protected forever, but the offspring of the wicked will be cut off; {29} the righteous will inherit the land and dwell in it forever.

*   (Heb 13:5 NIV)  Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."

Finally, let’s consider one more thing Jesus said as He was dying.

*   (John 19:30 NIV)  When he had received the drink, Jesus said, "It is finished." With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

 

Comparing Matthew 27:46 with John 19:30 we see the last two things spoken by Jesus as recorded in the Bible are …

*   (Mat 27:46 NIV)  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?"

and

*   (John 19:30 NIV)  When he had received the drink, Jesus said, "It is finished." With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

 

So now we are ready to see what Jesus was doing when He spoke those final words. As it turns out He was quoting prophetic scripture that points to His circumstances and explains that far from being forsaken He was about to accomplish precisely what He and His Father had intended. Note how accurate this prophecy is and consider that many of the people that heard His final utterances would have recognized the quotation as being prophetic!

*   (Psa 22 NIV)  For the director of music. To the tune of "The Doe of the Morning." A psalm of David. 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? {2} O 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. {6} But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by men and despised by the people. {7} All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads: {8} "He trusts in the LORD; let the LORD rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him." {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. {12} Many bulls surround me; strong bulls of Bashan encircle me. {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. {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. {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. {22} I will declare your name to my 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! {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. {25} From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly; before those who fear you will 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 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.

 

Or it could be said, “It is finished.” The message is simply this: God loves you! He will never forsake you. No matter how it looks trust in God. There’s victory in Jesus!