Friday, April 8, 2011

A Troubling Verse-My,God, My God Why Have You Forsaken Me?

Question Received: Well, My question is why Specifically this language mentioned in Mathew 27:46 and translated rather than rest of the saying this language is not mentioned in theBible?

MY Answer: Jesus Christ's agony on the cross is understood in your stated Scripture. Matthew 27:46 [ESV] "And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice saying, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani? that is, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" This language that is stated in this Bible verse is Aramaic. Jesus in His agony is crying out in the every day tongue of His people. Scholars say the first two words are Aramaic or Hebrew with the rest being Aramaic. This can be a troubling verse as it seems Jesus is totally defeated.

Jesus, the Word of God as stated in John 1, seems totally beat down physically, mentally and spiritually. The Word was actually quoting the Word he authored from Psalm 22:1 which says "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?" Psalm 22 goes further into the depths of agony that Jesus Christ suffered on the cross. The Psalm ends in a rousing and complete account of God's complete and total victory accomplished by His son Jesus Christ on the cross as He atoned for the sins of God's people.

Jesus Christ, The Word, took comfort from the prophetic Word He authored in the time of David, hundreds of years before Jesus Christ was incarnated in Bethlehem. Jesus Christ showed His deity and oneness with God. Jesus Christ the man looked to the Word He authored to grab at inspiration and strength at His most crucial time of life. This should inspire us to do the same. Jesus as the God man is declaring victory where defeat seemed sure. Some people at the cross thought He was calling on the prophet Eli. Jesus was in full unrestrained agony looking to the Word. He assured and declared that this horrible path He traveled led to ultimate victory of God for our gain over sin, death, hell and the grave.


  1. Vernon Brady All other comments He is talking to his Father. Now He is separated, from God because our sin is on him . He no longer says Father and He cries out, my God, my God why have you forsaken me. On the cross He died the spiritual death first then the physical. We do it the other way around. He died and paid for all sin because of that we can receive that payment through faith in Christ.
    April 8 at 9:10pm · Like · 1 person
    Fletcher Law Vernon-Good point about Matthew 26:47 being viewed as Jesus talking to His father.
    April 8 at 10:31pm · Like · 1 person
    Fletcher Law Trying to find the direct quote but I have seen references as Bonhoffer saying that the Psalms are the prayer book of Jesus.
    April 8 at 10:36pm · Like · 1 person
    Vernon Brady I am assuming you are looking at the sayings or words from the cross. (not in order...from memory) Father forgive. Tells thief today you will be with me. John take care of my mother. My God, my God ..that precise moment the load of sin. Not...
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    April 9 at 7:03am · Like
    Fletcher Law I am answering questions sent to me as my topic on most recent blogs.
    April 9 at 10:36am · Like
    Michael Perry Great blog Fletch. In Jesus' darkest hour, He could have used his powers to step down from the cross, He could have said that we don't deserve the grace of God, He could have done anything else to prevent His agony and pain....But He didn'...
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