Jesus’ Unforgettable Question From The Cross – “Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?”
* Jesus died for our sins (Heb. 5:9).
* “Why hast thou forsaken me?” Jesus knew what He had to do.
- Jn.16:6-7 –
- Jn.18:11 –
- Jn.19:30 –
1. Jesus knew He was fulfilling OT prophecy.
* Jn. 19:28 –
* Luke 24:44 –
* Question comes from Psalm 22:1. Psalm 22 a Messianic Psalm.
* New Testament quotes from Psalm 22 (Mt. 27:46; Jn. 19:24; Luke 23:34; Heb 2:12)
* Divisions of Psalm 22:
- God’s rejection of Christ (vv. 1-5)
- Man’s rejection of Christ (vv. 6-13)
- Pain of Calvary (14-18)
- Prayer for deliverance (19-21)
- Christ’s thanksgiving for His deliverance (19-21)
2. Christ acknowledges His Father.
* Jesus repeats His confidence in God in Ps. 22.
* Referred to God as “my God.”
* When Jesus referenced His relationship to God, always used singular pronoun (showed uniqueness).
- Examples –
3. Was Jesus forsaken?
* He was in some sense.
* Consider common Hebrew expression of speech: Active verbs were used to express the permission of the thing which
the agent is said to do.
- “I gave them also statutes that were not good” (Ezek. 20:25).
- “Lord God, surely thou hast greatly deceived this people...” (Jer. 4:10)
- God “...shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie” (II Thes. 2:11).
* How then, did God forsake Jesus? Perhaps in allowing Him to die.
* Why did Jesus ask “Why?” Possibilities:
- Hab. 1:13 – God too pure to look on evil. Jesus bore our sins in His body (I Peter. 2:24).
- Jesus limited His own divine power (Phil. 2:5-8). He did sometimes regarding certain things. Sometimes He
read minds (Matt. 12:25), sometimes not (Matt. 8:10).
- Maybe He chose to experience human suffering. He was touched w/feeling of our infirmities, tempted like us
The Lord has never forsaken you. Don’t forsake Him. Obey Him today!
R.W. McAlister 12/14/08 a.m.