Why hast though forsaken me? - 07/02/2004

If Jesus is was and will be God, why did he ask, dear God why hast thou forsakened me?


Hi Beth. In the Gospels, when Jesus refers to God outside of himself, He is referring to the first person of the Trinity -- the Father. Also, Jesus asked the Father "Why have you forsaken me?" while he was on the cross. Most scholars believe that at that point, Jesus had taken upon Himself the sins of the world. Consequently, the presence of the Father left Jesus until the sacrifice had been made and the penalty had been paid. Imagine the only sinless person ever to walk the earth suddenly burdened with the sins of every person who will ever live, all at once. I imagine this agony was even greater than his physical pain. It should make us all stand in awe at the enormity of the price Jesus paid for you and me. I hope this answered your question.

In Christ,

Ben and Jennifer Rast
Contender Ministries