Summary: What this fourth saying from the cross does is to give us a glimpse into the hellish pain and agony that Jesus suffered because of His separation from His Father. This agonizing question from the cross does have an answer and we find that answer in the P
Purpose: To explore the agony of Christ's suffering.
Aim: I want the listener to worship Christ because He became a curse for them.
INTRODUCTION: While the scorching heat of the Palestinian sun beat down on Christ as He hung on the Cross He spoke three different times between 9 am to 12 noon. Then, at noon, God turned the lights out. As the song writer, Isaac Watts put it, "Well might the sun in darkness hide, And shut its glories in, When Christ the mighty Maker died, For man, the creature's sin."
Then for three hours Jesus suffered silently in total darkness. "There were three days of darkness in Egypt before the Passover (Ex.10:21-23); and there were three hours of darkness before the Lamb of God died for the sins of the world." -- Warren Wiersbe.
Starting about 3 pm Jesus spoke four more times beginning with this mournful cry in
"About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, 'ELI, ELI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?' that is, 'MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?'"(Matthew 27:46).
When Martin Luther studied this text he could not sleep all night. The next morning he looked at this again and said, "God forsaken by God, who can understand it?"
Charles Spurgeon explained it this way, "We can no more measure the depths of His suffering than measure the heights of His love."
What this fourth saying from the cross does is to give us a glimpse into the hellish pain and agony that Jesus suffered because of His separation from His Father.
This agonizing question from the cross does have an answer and we find that answer in the Psalm that Jesus was quoting. In Psalm 22 we have the most amazing prediction of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ anywhere in Scripture. David wrote these words one thousand years before death by crucifixion was invented, and yet he writes as if he were standing at the foot of the Cross of Christ.
►Vs.1-22 I. Prayer From the Christ
► Vs.1-2 A. The question "My God, my God why have you forsaken me?"
These words were spoken in agony, and yet hope does shine through. Jesus never lost sight of the fact that the God of the universe was also His God, although He does not refer to God as His Father, which He had done so many times earlier.
► Vs.1b 1. Why is God so far away? "Far from my deliverance"
This experience is what Jesus was referring to when He was in the Garden of Gethsemane: Matthew 26:38-39 38 ..."My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me." 39 And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will." (NAU)
Drinking from God's cup refers to enduring God's wrath. "For a cup is in the hand of the LORD, and the wine foams; It is well mixed, and He pours out of this; Surely all the wicked of the earth must drain and drink down its dregs." (Psalm 75:8).
"Rouse yourself! Rouse yourself! Arise, O Jerusalem, You who have drunk from the LORD'S hand the cup of His anger; The chalice of reeling you have drained to the dregs." (Isaiah 51:17).