Why, God, Why?
"My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?"—Matthew 27:46.
Many Christians have a hard time understanding why on the cross Christ cried out, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?” It seems contradictory to what we know of Christ, His understanding of His earthly mission, and His relationship with God. The truth is that instead of being a contradiction, these words are actually a wonderful blessing for all of us!
When Jesus said those words, it is believed to be the time He took all our sins upon Himself. And because God will have nothing to do with sin, Jesus was separated from His heavenly Father for the first time. It’s a picture of God having to turn away when His Son became sin for us. Jesus cried out because He was separated from His Father for the only time in all eternity.
What is so wonderful about Christ doing this? When we face tragedy, disappointments, and rejection in our lives, our tendency is to cry out to God, “Why? Why have You allowed this?” It’s so encouraging to realize that the God of the universe understands when we ask Him why. He knows the pain. He knows what it’s like to say, “Why, Lord? Why?” and feel abandoned by God. Yet God had not abandoned His Son. He raised Him from the dead. Through faith in Christ, we can be “more than conquerors” as well (Romans 8:37 niv).
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