Summary: Jesus cry, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me!” is a desperate cry of loneliness. I believe this was the worst and the most horrible moment of the crucifixion for Jesus. When sin invaded His life and the Father walked away! He felt totally alone! H
Series: One Thing
Years ago the movie “City Slickers” came out and there is a scene in the movie where one old cowboy and a city slicker are discussing, what is the main focus of life. In other words “What is the meaning of life?” and the old cowboy holds his finger up and says, “Life is about one thing and one thing only and everything else means nothing when you discover the one thing!” (paraphrase) The city slicker impressed and awed by the old cowboy’s wisdom says “What is the One Thing?” the old cowboy looks at him and says, “That’s what you have to figure out!”
So tonight and on Easter I am going to challenge you to discover the true meaning of life – discovering that “One Thing” which puts everything else into perspective in your life.
Please, hold up your one finger and then look at it – that finger represents to everyone one of us here that “One Thing” your purpose for life, or your mission in life, or what matters most in life! Look to the person next to you and say “I am going to figure out what that One Thing is!”
Last Sunday’s message focused on One Man – One Mission! That One Man is Jesus! Now remember when you discover the “One Thing” then everything else in life comes into clear perspective.
Tonight I want to focus on the One Man and His One Mission and the most incredible moment of the completion of His Mission when we hear One cry!
Thesis: Jesus cry, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me!” is a desperate cry of loneliness. I believe this was the worst and the most horrible moment of the crucifixion for Jesus. When sin invaded His life and the Father walked away! He felt totally alone! His one cry reveals to us the depth of His suffering for us!
33At the sixth hour darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34And 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?”
35When some of those standing near heard this, they said, “Listen, he’s calling Elijah.”
36One man ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said.
37With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.
38The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 39And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cry and saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”
We are fast approaching Easter and I would like to remind you about what was the worst part of the crucifixion for Jesus. Today is Good Friday and one that day about 2,000 years ago we heard a one cry from Jesus, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me!” I hear a desperate cry of loneliness in this one cry from Jesus. I believe this was the worst, the most horrible moment of the crucifixion for Jesus. His one cry reveals to us the depth of His love and His suffering for us!
I. Jesus’ one cry on the cross reveals the loss of His personal relationship with “Abba’ Father