Abandoned by God - Hope 103.2

Abandoned by God

By David ReayThursday 16 Nov 2017LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 0 minutes


Read Mark 15:34

34 Then at three o’clock Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” (NLT)

This one verse reminds us that we can never truly understand the suffering of Jesus. He who had hitherto enjoyed unbroken intimacy with his Father is now bereft of any sense of his presence or power or love. God has turned his face away and allowed evil to envelope Jesus. This is a cry of spiritual desolation, not merely physical pain—terrible though that was.

This was the only time in his life on earth that Jesus called his Father ‘God’. Something had happened in the relationship. Sensed fatherhood was missing. We who periodically feel the absence of God are not like Jesus who had never before felt anything like it. We simply cannot grasp how Jesus felt. It was truly his descent into hell.

Why this forsakenness? Because it was here that Jesus was enduring the penalty for human rebellion. Our evil and our failures were assumed by Jesus and he bore the consequences of them. All the sins of humankind, past and present and future, were like a black shroud over him, blotting out the love and grace of his Father.

He experienced the absence of his Father for a moment so we would not have to experience it for eternity. He was forsaken that we might never be forsaken.

David Reay