It’s Good Friday.
One of the most powerful, relate-able quotes from Jesus on the cross before he bows his head and dies is “My God, My God, why have you abandoned me?”
How many times have we felt alone and abandoned?
I would like to offer further hope and insight that I learned in my bible study with Jeff Cavins that puts a deeper meaning into that phrase.
In the time of Jesus, there was no bible with numbered verses. Rabbi’s taught verbally. It was common to use a phrase and expect your listeners to know what comes next. Like with us now, If you hear, “Once Upon a Time, ” you know eventually that “And they lived happily ever after” is how the story ends.
Well, Jesus was called a rabbi and out of love for us, he wasn’t lamenting abandonment from the cross, he was teaching!
He might as well have cried out “Psalm 22!!”
That Psalm of David, from which Jesus followed in the line of his dynasty, so David’s psalms were well know and studied by the Jews, begins with (depending on your translation) “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
Jesus expected the Jews of the time to know what came next. He knew they would know the rest of that story. Psalm 22 begins with sorry and despair but as the 31 verses are revealed, they end with PRAISE and HOPE.
“All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before him. For dominion belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations. Yea to him shall all the proud of the earth bow down; before him shall all who go down to the dust, and he who cannot keep himself alive. Posterity shall serve him; men shall tell of the Lord to the coming generation, and proclaim him deliverance to a people yet unborn, that he has wrought it.” Psalm 22:27-31
So Jesus wasn’t crying out alone,
HE WAS STILL TEACHING US!!
Teaching us not to despair!
Teaching us to turn to the Lord for he rules over all the nations!
So when you hear and feel, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” remember it is a message of HOPE and we all will truly live “happily ever after!”