And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama-sabach-tha-ni? That is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
1. "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"
a. forsaken [1459 * egkatalaipo] [Zodhiates: to forsake, desert, to leave behind in any place or state, to leave in the lurch, abandon. Note: this is the same Greek word used in the Septuagint in Psalm 22:1
b. This is a direct quote from Psalm 22:1. Jesus at this time had already been made our sin. I am fully persuaded that Jesus actually felt that God had forsaken him.
c. This is a powerful contrast to statements Jesus made during his ministry concerning his relationship with his Father.
1). John 8:29 "And He that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him."
d. Death is separation.
1). Physical death is the separation of the spirit from the body.
a). James 2:26 "For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also."
2). Spiritual death is the separation of the spirit from God.
a). Isaiah 59:2 "But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear."
b). Colossians 2:13 "And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;"
e. The contrast between Matthew 27:46 and John 8:29 points us to the conclusion that Jesus died spiritually while on the cross when our sin was laid upon him.
My name is Don Costello. Ever since I received Christ in November of 1976 I have had a passion to study and know God's word.My wife Melissa and I have 5 children.