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Every Easter I hear skeptics pointing out how Jesus said something troubling while he was hanging on the Cross at Golgotha.
“My God My god why have you forsaken me?”
Is Jesus giving up on God? Is he losing his faith? Was he hoping God would step in and stop his death?
Not at all.
Jesus was actually quoting a Psalm 22, written by King David hundreds of years before Jesus was ever born.
"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest. Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the one Israel praises. In you our ancestors put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them. To you they cried out and were saved; in you they trusted and were not put to shame. But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by everyone, despised by the people. All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads. He trusts in the LORD,” they say, “let the LORD rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.”
Sound familiar? Just wait and see what happens on SUNDAY!
After hanging on the Cross for about six hours, Jesus said, "It IS Finished." That was a common phrase written on bills of sale and debts after they were paid in full. So Jesus was really saying, "I’m fulfilling what was written in Psalm 22!"