The Mystery of the Cross: Why Jesus Felt Forsaken

One of the most poignant moments in the crucifixion story is when Jesus cries out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46). This cry has puzzled Christians for centuries, as it raises questions about Jesus’ relationship with God during His darkest hour. Let’s explore possible reasons behind Jesus’ words and how they can resonate with our own spiritual journey.

The Weight of Sin

Some believe that Jesus’ cry was due to God’s holiness, which cannot abide sin. As Jesus bore the sins of humanity, God had to turn away from Him (Habakkuk 1:13). This could explain the hours of darkness that enveloped Calvary. Interestingly, this is the only time Jesus refers to God as “My God” instead of “Father.” It’s also worth noting that Jesus quotes Psalm 22:1, which seems to describe His own experience on the cross.

Our Own Forsaking of God

While we ponder the reasons behind Jesus’ cry, it is also essential to reflect on the times we have forsaken God through our actions and choices. We have all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23), and at times, we have all turned our backs on God. However, His mercy and grace abound even in the face of our shortcomings (Romans 5:20).

Sacrifice for the Undeserving

Consider the heart-wrenching sacrifice God made by offering His only Son to save a world full of sinners (Romans 5:8, 10). Jesus, innocent and sinless, bore the weight of our transgressions, while the Father watched His Son suffer unimaginable pain. The cross represents the ultimate act of love: Jesus dying for those who didn’t deserve it, including those who have forsaken Him.

Conclusion

The question of why Jesus felt forsaken on the cross might never be fully understood. However, it serves as a powerful reminder of God’s unfathomable love and sacrifice. Instead of focusing solely on the mystery of Jesus’ cry, let us also examine our own lives and consider the times we have forsaken God. May the knowledge of God’s grace and mercy, displayed through Jesus’ crucifixion, inspire us to draw closer to Him and strive to live according to His will.