And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” That is, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me? (Matthew 27:46).
Majority of the schools of thought in theology believe that Jesus was addressing the Father when He cried “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?” In this sense the translation is “My Father, My Father, why have You forsaken Me?”
They say that the Father turned His back from the Son because all of the sin of mankind was poured on Him.
Our stand or position is not like the above. Jesus Christ in His manhood was crying to His Godhood and not to the Father (Jesus is fully God, and fully man). He was crying this cry while His Godhood was leaving His manhood to die because it has to be offered as a Lamb of God, a holy and perfect sacrifice, acceptable to God. That is our position. Herewith are the following reasons:
- If the Son is offering His human body as the Lamb of God to take away the sin of the world and the Father turned His back, is it just? Is it fair? In eternity they have a covenant (Heb. 9:14; 10:5-10; 13:20) that Jesus’ death is in payment of the sin of the world, as an offering, a sweet smelling savor ACCEPTABLE and pleasing to God. Did the Father say “time out, the dirt of sin is in you, you’re so dirty? I’ll postpone our meeting some other time.” Is there such thing in scripture, or even an implication that the Father turned His back when the Son was offering His sacrifice to the Father? Even in the Old Testament the offering should be a Lamb without blemish, ACCEPTABLE and pleasing to God. Jesus said, “And He who sent me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him” (John 8:29).
- If the Father turned His back from the Son, then the offering was not accepted, and we have no salvation. The penalty of sin was not paid, our faith is vain, we are still in our sin, and we all perish in hell. How unfair.
- When Jesus calls the Father (take important note) it is not my God, my God but “Father” or “Father in heaven”. In John chapter 17, when He prayed, He specified “Father”. In Gethsemane, in His agony, He prayed “O My father”. When He was asking forgiveness for the ignorance of His persecutors He said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:46). When commending His Spirit to the Father, He said, “Father, into Your hands I commend my Spirit.” But in this case, “My God, My God ..”, other theologians call it “The Mystery Cry” because so many questions arise out of this – why did Jesus cry thus?
- If the Father turned His back from the Son to whom was the Son’s Spirit committed when He prayed to the Father .. “INTO YOUR HANDS I COMMEND MY SPPIRIT.” Jesus said to the repentant thief on the cross, “assuredly, I say to you, TODAY you will be with me in paradise (Luke 23:42-43).
If you want salvation, eternal life and eternal glory repent, turn away from your sins and commit your all to the Lord Jesus Christ. “Nor is there salvation in any other for there is no other Name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
by: Rev. Carmenia Mendoza
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