Mark 15: 34-35) (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?”).When some of those standing near heard this, they said, “Listen, he’s calling Elijah”.
Jesus cried out a quotation of Psalm 22:1 in Aramaic, a language that He commonly used. One Lay Evangelist from Western Uganda claimed that Jesus was using his native language,
“Iwe Loyi Loyi reeba naba akashwani ahabwawe!”
He misunderstood the words the same way the bystanders believed that Jesus was calling out to Elijah. The words Jesus uttered reveal how deeply He felt abandoned by the Father as He bore the sins of mankind.
Jesus was taking on Himself the full curse of the sins of the whole world. So the Father could not look at Him. It is written,
“Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing.” (Habakkuk 1:13 NIV).
It was an ugly scene. Try to list all your personal sins of commission and omission that you have committed since this year – 2022 began, and then imagine the ‘ginormous’ load of sins of all the nations and tribes that was upon Jesus.
I have heard some Preachers of the Gospel say we should never ask God why certain things happen to us the way they do. My view is that God is not a dictator. In fact, He welcomes dialogue. (Isaiah 1:18). If you can ask God, “When?” and if you can ask God “How?”, then you can ask Him, “Why?”. However, your “Whys?” should not be so many lest you suffer from a condition called “Whyosis” and I am afraid, it has no cure.
Jesus asked His Father “Why?” He had forsaken Him.
My experience is that whenever I have asked God, “Why me Lord?”, I almost always hear His soft still voice responding in a similar question, “Why not you?” and then I shut up. There are secret things that we may never get to know until we get to Heaven. They are a preserve of God(Deuteronomy 29:29).
Jesus was cut off from fellowship with the Father because He was bearing the sins of His people and therefore enduring God’s wrath.
Three Lessons drawn from this 4th of the Seven Last Words of Jesus on the Cross:
1. We need to use the Word of God to direct us in prayer. In so doing, we pray the will of God into being in every arena of our lives. Jesus prayed Psalm 22:1,”My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Even in the jaws of death, Jesus aligns His life with what is written in Scripture. How much of God’s Word do you pray?
2. At the time when He needed the Father’s presence most, Jesus was forsaken.
Jesus did not complain that His Disciples had forsaken Him,but that His Father had forsaken Him. Child of God, there can be no greater punishment than being seperated from the presence of the Father. In fact, that’s what the second death is about – eternal separation from God. Therefore, abide in His presence.
3. Can the eyes of the Lord look at you with delight in your current spiritual state? Are your robes washed by the blood of the Lamb? If you are not sure , then please seek reconciliation with God today. Jesus was forsaken that you and I might enjoy the warmth of fellowship with the Father.
To be continued…
By Uncle O