Why Hast Thou Forsaken ME?

Psalm 22: 1-2.

My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken Me? why art Thou so far from helping Me, and from the words of My roaring?

O my God, I cry in the daytime, but Thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.

Did David know he was writing one of the most important prophecies recorded in the Bible? I don’t know. This is perhaps the most well-known of all the prophecies of Jesus’ death recorded in scripture, the first of the Messianic Psalms. There is a great deal that can be said about these two verses, because they contain a world of meaning. Here are a few of the highlights from my study so far:

This first verse reflects the agony of Christ. He is horrendously wounded, far beyond what most depictions show. You can read Isaiah 53 for details of what was done to Him before He ever got to the cross. He was in agony physically, but far worse agony spiritually because God could not look on His Son when Jesus became sin for us, bearing the entire weight of the sin of the world on His own body. Holy God must turn His face away from sin. On the cross, Jesus was sin. Not a sinner, but the Sin -Bearer for us.

There is a song that has the words “The only view God has of me is through the blood of Jesus.” I sang it years ago with the choir in which I took part. I wish I could remember the song title, but just those words have stayed with me and still cause me to stop and thank God for the gift of His Son.

Jesus knew that the Father must turn away. He knew what it felt like to be forsaken by the One Who gave Him this awful task.

David himself must have felt forsaken by God (refer to Psalm 13) more than once during his life. He was hunted by King Saul, who wanted him dead. He was haunted by his sin with and against Bathsheba. He knew he had failed as a father to his children. It is no wonder he struggled with depression and a feeling of desolation.

Jesus felt the horror of disconnection from the Father. His cries for help went unanswered. His sense of abandonment was complete.

But, we may say, those are human emotions! Why didn’t Jesus just endure, knowing that the end would come and He would return to the Father?

Such thinking overlooks the fact that Jesus, wholly God, was also wholly man. Physical suffering affects our thoughts and emotions. Jesus experienced the whole range of human suffering during His trial, torture, and execution. He was worn out, depleted, in the human sense. He had no reserves left, and His cry from the cross must have been heartbreaking to those who loved Him and watched Him die.

His suffering was most agonizing, I believe, in His knowledge that the Father could not look on Him, could not help Him, as He bore the sin of all mankind.

2 thoughts on “Why Hast Thou Forsaken ME?

  1. Thank you Linda. I was thinking the other day about the Lord’s great sacrifice. He was and remains absolutely perfect, of course, and forever sin free, so there is that obvious aspect. But I thought of another. If the Lord had never sacrificed Himself as He did He would have lived forever. He would never have suffered human death. He would have lived past 70 years of age, past 80, and past 100. He would have lived to 200 and to 1,000 and beyond. He would remain alive forever.

    Of course, He IS alive forever because He arose from death. The Word says “sin could not hold Him” because He had no sin. And thanks to Him, to His perfect sacrifice, those who properly repent and give their lives to Him, in part as a sacrifice, will rise again also and live forever.

    He went to the cross with both joy and trepidation. We can never imagine how hard it was to both suffer such physical pain, defamation, and heartbreak, but also the pain of giving His perfection over to a vile process.

    He endured all along because He was looking at His children and children to be whom He was paying for with His Blood. What an absolute total waste for all those who do not take Him up on the greatest deal of all time. The saved are blessed beyond all measure.


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