Father, Father, Why have you forsaken me?

Father, Father, Why have you forsaken me?

Psalm 22:1; Psalm 31:5

 

Last night after Wednesday evening service, I was privileged to participate in a conversation about God’s Word. Now there were a few conversations, but one specifically spoke to me to cover this morning.

 

The question posed was: why did Jesus say: Father, Father, why have you forsaken me?

 

I am sure this is something that we have all wondered at some point. So in order to answer, let’s take a journey through the teachings of Jesus (a quick one). Jesus often taught from the Scriptures (what you and I would call the Old Testament). When doing so, He would quote specific things, and leave out the stuff after commas. When doing this, it was because He was teaching that He is the fulfillment of the Scripture.

 

SO when Jesus was on the cross and he cried out those words, He was still teaching from Scripture. Specifically Psalm 22:1, which reads: “My God, My God, why have you abandoned me?” The beautiful thing about this Psalm is that it is a Psalm that goes from suffering to praise! Isn’t that beautiful! Jesus was suffering on the cross, the disciples were suffering in the unknown and uncertainty, there was pain in the loss of Jesus, and yet in just a few short days there would be praise! The cross meant to kill is our victory!

 

Take this further when Jesus spoke His last words: into your hands I commit my spirit. This is a quote from Psalm 31:5!

 

Now tell me how awesome God is! Jesus IS the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy! Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus is our Savior. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life! And, my friends, Jesus is calling for you today!

 

In Christ,

Pastor Jacob