The Cries of Anguish

In Apologetics, Christ, Christian, Christianity, Prayer, Satan, Saved on March 20, 2009 at 4:02 am

The Wonder of the Darkness:


(Mat 27:45-46)  From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over the whole land. At about three in the afternoon Jesus cried out with a loud voice, Elí, Elí, lemá sabachtháni? that is, My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?


At the Cross redemption and love foretold was being fulfilled sin with all its horror and grace with all its wonder. With the cry of dereliction as it is called in the middle of the seven sayings we see the mystery of our suffering God. God’s inflexible unchangeable holiness and his undeniable boundless love collided at this very moment to satisfy the judgment that was required by the perfect judge. Christ did not die to make the Father loving, for He loved us from the foundation of the world.


Eph 1:4-5  for He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will,


God’s will and the Son’s will blend in the perfect self-sacrifice of love. The Father turned away from the Son at the cross because they agreed it must be so to purchase our redemption.


Mat 26:39  Going a little farther, He fell facedown and prayed, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.”


When Jesus cried, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” we should not think that the Father and the Son became separated in their “being or “essence.” In other words, when the Father forsook the Son, the Trinity did not divide in two. This was a break in fellowship, not a breach of the fundamental unity of the Father and the Son. Remember while the word Trinity is not used in the Bible it describes the relationship of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as the Godhead. Example 1X1X1=1 NOT 1+1+1 THAT IS HERISY!




 Another example my son will forever be my son not because of relationship but by birth. I can disown him in name only but my blood beats in his veins. I can sever our relationship to the point we don’t have anything to do with each other but he will always carry my DNA. In an effort to move on I will touch on only a couple of verses to illustrate the point.


(Mat 3:16-17)  After Jesus was baptized, He went up immediately from the water. The heavens suddenly opened for Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming down on Him. And there came a voice from heaven: This is My beloved Son. I take delight in Him!


(John 1:1-2)  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.


(Deu 6:4)  “Listen, Israel: The LORD(Jehovah) our God(Eloheem), the LORD is One (Echad).


  1. Jehovah- self Existent or eternal; 2.Eloheem- gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; 3.  Echad-properly united, example one family Yachid is one item.


We can more deeply discuss the Trinity on a later date. Why night at noon? Darkness is always associated with the judgment of God against great sin. This was not an eclipse but by the supernatural act of God he obscured the sun. We see not only the judgment of the Father on the evil men who treated his Son with cruel contempt. It represents the judgment of the Father against His Son, during those hours Jesus became legally guilty of our sin and for that he was judged. It was also an act of love the Sinless One “made sin for us” the event was veiled from human eyes.


(2Co 5:21)  He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.


The Wonder of the Question: My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?


We see in the following passages the concept of being forsaken.


(Psa 77:7-9)  “Will the Lord reject forever and never again show favor? Has His faithful love ceased forever? Is His promise at an end for all generations? Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has He in anger withheld His compassion?” Selah


(Isa 49:14)  Zion says, “The LORD has abandoned me; The Lord has forgotten me!”


We see the contrast with Jesus’ previous experience with the Father!

In the garden God strengthens him-on the cross a God who turns away.

In the garden12 legions of angels quick to deliver-on the cross to God who refuses deliverance.

A Father who would not leave him alone- on the cross The Father turned His face.

In the garden the Son was tempted to forsake the Father-on the cross the Father forsook the Son.


Only here in the Gospel record does Jesus address His Father as “God.” This change of address signified the break on fellowship between Father and Son. At this moment, the Father is portrayed not acting like a Father. The suffering was intolerable enough but to endure without the Father’s presence magnified the horror. This is very difficult for us to accept to the point some have suggested the Father did not really forsake the Son but that Jesus only felt forsaken. This is wrong when the Bible speaks first we must take the words for their plain meaning. Calvin was right in stating that Christ’s soul must feel the full effects of judgment. This was real abandonment by the Father. The word forsaken is a powerful word.


Forsaken-to withdraw companionship, protection, or support from somebody; to give up, renounce, or sacrifice something that gives pleasure.


The Son had been the object of the Father’s love from all eternity; The Father’s presence was this Son’s only delight. The hiding of His Father’s face was the most bitter sip of the cup of sorrow Jesus choose to drink. The beauty of this cry rings with hope He still called “My God” the Father still belonged to Him. The word reveals their relationship.


John 1:1-2 listed above.


(Joh 8:28-29)  So Jesus said to them, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing on My own. But just as the Father taught Me, I say these things. The One who sent Me is with Me. He has not left Me alone, because I always do what pleases Him.”


(Joh 10:30)  The Father and I are one.”


(Joh 14:10)  Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me? The words I speak to you I do not speak on My own. The Father who lives in Me does His works.


(Joh 17:10)  All My things are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I have been glorified in them.


(Joh 17:21-23)  May they all be one, as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You. May they also be one in Us, so the world may believe You sent Me. I have given them the glory You have given Me. May they be one as We are one. I am in them and You are in Me. May they be made completely one, so the world may know You have sent Me and have loved them as You have loved Me.


The Wonder of the Silence: My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?


The cry from the cross calls out to a silent Heaven. So why was the Son forsaken by the Father? The Father forsook the Son because His holiness required it. Only Jesus could take the wrath we so richly deserved. The first purpose of the cross was not for us but for God. Jesus shed his blood for us, but it is even more true that he shed his blood for the Father. Christ’s death was a “sacrifice to God for a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God.


(Eph 5:2)  And walk in love, as the Messiah also loved us and gave Himself for us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God.


We are also told by Paul that Christ died to demonstrate God’s justice.


(Rom 3:25)  God presented Him as a propitiation through faith in His blood, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His restraint God passed over the sins previously committed.


Jesus also went through the darkness that we might have light. He was cursed we are blessed. He was condemned that we have no condemnation. He suffered hell for us that we can enjoy heaven with Him. He entered terrible frightful darkness that you and I might walk in the light .


(Rom 8:1)  Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus,


(1Pe 2:9-10)  But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.


Paul tells of the horrid and awful experience of those who do not find shelter beneath the work of Jesus on the cross. We are told of eternal separation from Him who is the source of all life and love.


(2Th 1:9)  These will pay the penalty of everlasting destruction, away from the Lord’s presence and from His glorious strength,


(Mat 7:23)  Then I will announce to them, ‘I never knew you! Depart from Me, you lawbreakers!



We are going to pickup on the rest of the subject Thirst next week. This deserves a deeper investigation and study. If after reading this you have any doubts about your eternity and where your relationship with Jesus is heading let’s talk. He wants to love you for all time and eternity all that is required is your all. If He is not Lord of all then He is not Lord at all. Jesus says “come all” that means you and me. Remember FAITH Forsaking All I Trust Him!!. Don’t let one more minute pass without the assurance of your salvation…I am available to discuss and pray with you anytime..In Christ Dan.


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