Mar. 07, 2021
My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?
“From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?’-which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’”
a. Easy Cliché’s For Difficult Times
i. It’s ____________ fault.
ii. It’s ____________ fault.
iii. It’s ____________ will.
“For we know in part…Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”
1 Corinthians 13:9,12
b. Prior to the cross—Jesus expresses his ____________.
And now, Father, glorify Me in Your presence with the glory I had with You before the world existed.
The Father and I are One.
The Father is in Me and I am in the Father.
My Father who lives in Me does His work through Me.
You are in Me Father, and I am in You.
c. From the cross—Jesus expresses his ____________.
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer; and by night, but find no rest. Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. In you our ancestors trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them. To you they cried, and were saved; in you they trusted, and were not put to shame.
d. It’s not the ____________ time.
But the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?”
2. The Rest Of The Story
a. God forsook Jesus because Jesus became ____________.
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 5:21
Your (God’s) eyes are too pure to look on evil; You (God) cannot tolerate wrong.
Remember: Even though Jesus ____________ abandoned in his suffering, humiliation, and humanity, he ____________ that he is truly not alone.
Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth; break forth, O mountains, into singing! For the LORD has comforted his people and will have compassion on his suffering ones. But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me, my Lord has forgotten me.” Can a woman forget her nursing child, or show no compassion for the child of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands.
b. The Son was forsaken so we could be ____________.
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.
1 Peter 2:24
a. God is ____________ and will not tolerate sin.
b. God is ____________ and will judge sin where it is found.
c. God is ____________ and devised a way that justice would be satisfied, and forgiveness made available.
d. Jesus’s words from the cross ____________ us to follow his example of caring for those who feel abandoned or forgotten.
e. We have an opportunity to remind them how the prayer ends—not with isolation, but with ____________!
f. Through our actions, we help deliver the good news: God is here; you are not ___________.
g. ____________ has the last word. So, pick up someone’s cross this week and be the message.