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C R Brown

Series: Cross Sayings From The Christ

Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?
Matthew 27:45-46; Isaiah 53:7

Message Four

When you spend some time in the Word looking at the crucifixion, you soon find yourself consumed with emotion. At first glance, the casual reader might think the crucifixion lasted about an hour or less. But the Gospel writers with great detail tell us that the entire episode took up a quarter of a day. His hands and feet were nailed to wood at 9 A.M. He uttered three statements and then darkness fell. Then there was silence “until about the ninth hour”, 3 P.M. Darkness fell over the earth like a thick, hot blanket. And there was silence. Then just before He died, the Lord Jesus uttered again, several statements. Remember, there’s no such thing as surviving crucifixion. Death always comes.
Peter, an eyewitness, tells us that even though He was reviled, He didn’t revile in return. Isaiah tells us, “just like a little lamb before his shearers is silent” so he opened not His mouth in retaliation. In all, Jesus made seven statements from the cross. The first was toward those who crucified Him. He said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”. The second was uttered to a thief hanging near Him and Jesus said, “This day you will be with me in Paradise”. The third statement was to His mother, He said, “Woman behold your son” and to John, “behold your mother”.

I. A Statement of Anguish (Matthew 27:45-56)
The fourth statement is the most anguishing of all and that’s the one Matthew records in Matthew chapter 27, verse 46. Called by one man the most staggering sentence in Gospel record, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” There was a thick darkness all around. It seemed as though nature bowed in sympathy as its Creator was put to death. It seems as though its heart is broken and it give no light. The darkness at the crucifixion of Christ represents God’s divine judgment on sin. The cross became the place for the pouring out of His wrath. Jesus was the recipient of divine judgment, God’s judgment upon sin. And in the darkness, out of that place where death existed, from that crown at Calvary, the words came. “My God! Why have You forsaken Me?” In Matthew 27:45, Matthew prepares the scene for us. (Read Matthew 27:45.) From noon until 3 in the afternoon there were two things present: darkness and silence. (Read Matthew 27:46.) Somewhere around three o’clock Matthew records Jesus makes this statement. There are three things I want you to see in this statement.

A. He Screamed the Statement
It’s not true of the other six statements, but it’s true of this one. Jesus screamed it. In verse 46, the words “cried out” are a combination of two words: to shout and it’s prefix is “up”. “To shout or scream up.” I6t is often used in Scripture
Great sermon. Solid theology. Very helpful. Thank you.