The Journey Inward: Why Did Jesus On The Cross Feel Forsaken?

 

April 25, 2019



And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15: 33-34, ESV)

I was pained deeply by this passage for many years. I felt Jesus’ passion. Agonized about his pain.

Inevitably, I asked: wasn’t Jesus the Son of God? Wouldn’t he be spared an inglorious, painful death cry? How could God abandon him?

These questions were based on child-like notions. I was reminded of times when a child...



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