Summary: Good Friday Sermon on the 4th Word of Christ while on the Cross. Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
Why The Cry?
Matthew 27:46 (ASV) And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
The journey From Gethsemane to Golgotha is slightly less than 1 mile, took six hours to complete and is the key to over 2,100 years of forgiveness.
The journey from the garden to the cross is a journey not for the weak of heart, nor for the selfish believer, but only for those that can accept the mission, embrace the agony and only for those who are committed to completing the task.
It's been six hours since Jesus was in the garden. There He prays to His Father: "Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me; nevertheless not my will, but thine will be done." But now during the ninth hour; Jesus cries out "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? (My God, My God, why has thou forsaken me?")
Notice the transition from praying to the Father in the garden to crying out to His God on the cross. In the garden, Jesus prayed to His Father for comfort, for counseling and for consoling. In the garden, Jesus prayed to the Father for strength to endure the forthcoming pain. It was His prayer to His Father that gave Him strength.
But while on the cross, Jesus cried out to a God whose Grace is sufficient, Jesus cried out to a God whose peace surpasses all understanding, and while on the cross Jesus cried out to a God who is greater than His circumstance.
Why the Cry. There are some things that only God can do? This was truly an "I need you God" moment.
Why the cry?
? The Cry was not because of the agony in the garden.
? The Cry Was not for the betrayal near the mountain.
? The Cry Was not for the trials in the city.
? The Cry Was not for the denial in the camp.
? The Cry Was not for the 39 whip lashes on His back.
? The Cry Was not for the crown of thorns pressed into His skull.
? The Cry Was not for the nails driven into his hands and feet.
? The Cry Was not for the sword thrusted into his side.
? The Cry Was not because He was abandoned by His most trusted friends.
? The Cry Was not for the insults hurled His way during His dying moments.
So you may ask, Why The Cry? "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? My God, My God, why has thou forsaken me?"
? This Cry that transcended space was immediately delivered at the altar of the Father.
? This Cry that transcended time has impacted generations for over 21 centuries
? This Cry that transcends the most advanced medicines is capable of healing the sick, raise the dead, make the lame walk, blind to see.
? This Cry that transcends every type of hatred, redefines the meaning of Love.
This Golgotha Cry is the cry that is filled with forgiveness, mercy and eternal life.
Why the Cry:
? The Cry that turned day into night
? The Cry that caused a roman solider to believe
? The Cry that stopped God in His tracks
The Golgotha Cry is the Cry that made the way for the Holy Spirit.
Jesus said "I go to prepare a place for you, for in my father's house are many mansions, if it were not so, I would have told you."
Still you may ask; Why The Cry?
This Golgotha Cry signifies the weight of 2,100 years of sins placed on this shoulders.
Why the Cry? Eli Eli Lama Sabachthani? It is because, at that moment, Jesus separated Himself from Divinity for Humanity.
The Cry of Eli Eli Lama Sabachthani is for my sins and four Your Sins.