My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? What words of anguish we hear in our Lord Jesus’ cry on the cross! My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Surely our mind is filled with questions when we consider this cry of our Lord. For this very word forsaken is a word full of woe. The word forsaken is defined as “To leave altogether; to desert; to abandon; to depart or withdraw from”. Why would God forsake his loving, faithful, and righteous son? Why would God abandon the one who has been most faithful to Him? Surely, we could understand if God forsook the wicked, but why the Christ? What is the answer to Jesus’ question? Why is God forsaking him?
Passage: Psalm 22; Matthew 27:27-54
Author: Rev. W. Reid Hankins, M.Div.
Sermon originally preached during the Good Friday Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 03/21/2008 in Novato, CA.