The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


A God-forsaken place

Jesus endured it for us

From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:45-46).

His cry pierced the sky and caused the heavens to shudder. It was a cry that must have broken the heart of God the Father, even as he turned his back on his beloved son.

Jesus, who had no sin, was made to be sin—for us (2 Corinthians 5:21). I can neither understand nor explain what happened in those agonizing moments on the cross. But the reality of Jesus’ cry is the mystery of our redemption. On the cross God himself was God-forsaken.

Abandoned by God. Have you ever felt that way?

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