October 2017           "A Journal of Biblical Understanding"           Volume 14           

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Father, Why Have You Forsaken Me?

Question submitted on: Thursday, May 1, 2003 at 18:41:20
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Greetings, sir.

Question: What does it mean when Jesus said "Father, Father why have you forsaken me?" when he was nailed on the cross??

Mt 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
Mr 15:34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Answer: This is a question that has been pondered and debated unendingly, it seems.

The short answer is, God withdrew His Holy Spirit from Jesus and turned His back on him because Jesus had taken upon himself all the sins of mankind, and God (The Father) cannot and will not look upon sin.

The long answer is more complicated and can become very deep, so if you have more questions about it after studying this answer WITH YOUR BIBLE OPEN, then please send me e-mail with your additional questions about this subject.

God, the Father, will NOT look upon sin! He hides His Face from it. God will not allow one iota of His Character to be changed by even observing sin.

Isaiah the prophet tells us about that.

Isa 59:2 "But your iniquities (law-breaking) have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear."

The Word of God (John 1:1) gave up ALL the GLORY, MAJESTY and POWER to become a human being (verse 14), live a perfect life as an example to us, and to become that sacrifice demanded by God's Righteous Law.

When Jesus took upon Himself the fullness of mankind's sins, it was needful, in order to OBEY God's Law, that He be baptized and die because of mankind's total sins. They had all been heaped upon Him.

Although Jesus lived a perfect, sin-free life, the sins of mankind which He so graciously accepted condemned Him to death.

That death had to picture eternal death, so God The Father, of necessity had to withdraw His Holy Spirit from Christ as He hung there on the cross, almost dead.

When Jesus knew the absence of the Holy Spirit, He cried out, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" That absence of God's life-giving, Holy Spirit will be what those unconvertible, unrepentant, incorrigible people will feel just before their eternal death at the end! It was also prophesied in Ps. 22 verse 1!

HAD GOD NOT RESURRECTED JESUS (BECAUSE JESUS' OWN LIFE HAD BEEN SINLESS) THAT DEATH WOULD HAVE BEEN PERMANENT because of the sins of mankind He had accepted!

How frightening that is when one understands the whole picture of salvation!

The Christian Passover each year memorializes all these things and teaches us once again that we MUST be able to claim that wonderful, ultimate sacrifice of Jesus when He and God offer it to us. There ARE conditions that must be met in order to claim that sacrifice as payment for our sins.

There is much, much more to all this.

If this raises more questions about this subject, please e-mail me and I will do my best to serve you!

If you have new questions, please log back on to http://7times.org and ask those questions.

Your friend in Christ,

Ken Browder, Editor - Seven Times Newsletter -
http://7times.org

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