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Summary: The Fourth of the Last Seven Saying of Christ

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MY GOD, MY GOD,

WHY HAST THOU FORSAKEN ME

Matt. 27: 46 Mark 15:34

As we continue on this journey with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we find

that Jesus has asked the Father to forgive them for they know not what they do; He

speaks to the thief, and says “This day you will be with me in Paradise; He speaks to His

mother, and says, Woman, behold thy Son, and now He cries to His Father, and says

My, God, My God, Why --- Hast Thou Forsaken Me? This is one of the most controversial

phrases among many theologians, in that some have concluded, that Jesus spoke these words

because God had abandoned Him, God had deserted Him, and now God has turned His face

from Him because when God looked down from heaven, all He could see was sin.

But on this evening, my brothers and my sisters, I am reminded of supported scriptures that

remind us that “My thoughts are not Your thoughts, neither are Your ways My ways saith the

Lord; for as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways and My thoughts higher than

Yours. In other words, because the mind of God is far greater than ours, it challenges us to

think much deeper into the text, and seek answers as to what Jesus must have felt that prompted

Him to wonder why, His Father had forsaken Him. I stand before you, not having all the

answers, for I too sought the Lord for a possible reason.

I have not had a face to face encounter with the Lord in preparing this, although I conclude that

for too long, the church has been so captivated with the Divinity of Christ, that we have failed

to connect with Humanity of Christ. On that note, how can we hold fast to the conclusion that

God left Him by Himself, if God is Omnipotent - All Powerful - Omnipresent – All Present

and God is – Ominscient – All Knowing . In other words, How would God the Father, not

know what His Son was going through. How would God the Father not have the power to get

Him out of such a situation, How would God the Father not be right there with Him. If all

these things were so, How could God the Father, abandon Himself. I say that He was never

abandoned.

I believe that Jesus cried these words, My God, My God, Why Has Thou Forsaken Me,

because out of all that He had been through, His humanity Gave Voice To what His emotions

Gave Way To while under pressure. So much like us, have you ever cried out to God, “ My

God” and you felt like He didn’t hear you, so you come back around, and the second time you

put a little more emphasis on it “ MY GOD” , then you think His heard you, and you say.

WHERE YOU AT, DON’T YOU SEE WHAT I’M GOING THROUGH? If we would only be

honest, most of us have been there, and if not live a little while longer, you will know for

yourself. I believe that in His humanity, perhaps He felt this way, but God did not respond.

But what do you do when the voice of God is silent? What do you do when you feel like

you are in this thing all by yourself? That’s a good time to stretch forth your faith and trust in

God. It’s not a time to give up, but it’s a good time to look up, for I will look to the hills from

whence cometh my help, my help comes from the Lord. This was a time before He uttered His

last three phrases, to muster up enough strength to not give in but to perservere. But during this

Holy Week, He compels us to draw near to God and perservere like never before. He challenges

us to continue to seek God, and even though we may not hear His voice, we have still His

presence, right there with us and He’s waiting for us to take a stand.. So I encourage you, as I

encourage myself to cry out to God, for as we cry out to Him , without reservation, without

shame without concern of the multitude, He, who gives us the strength to cry some more. Not

a cry of defeat but rather a cry of victory, for He held on until His mission was finished.

Our test, trials, and testimonies are be designed to bring glory to His name, for in our

crying out to God, as we endure our own personal crucifixtions we recognize that God has not

forsaken us, and God has not forgotten us. Therefore, how dare we forget about the Lord, when

Lord did not forsake, nor forget us.

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