Seven Sayings From the Cross
About the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?– Matthew 27:46
The fourth lesson we learn from Christ on the cross is this: Believer, God will never forsake you. You may be thinking, “How does Jesus teach us that, when he himself is being forsaken by God in his darkest hour?”
In every prayer of Jesus that is recorded in Scripture, he addresses God as his Father — except one. Here at the cross, as he is punished for our sins, he cries out “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Jesus called God his Father with one exception, so that we could call God our Father without any exceptions!
You see, Jesus was forsaken by his Father on the cross, so that you and I would never be forsaken. He became sin for us, and so we now have free access to the Father by him. No sin, no person, no obstacle can keep us now from the love and forgiveness and blessing of our Father.
It is because of his own sure work on the cross that Jesus gives us such sure promises of his continued presence and grace with us.
“I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world” Matthew 28:20.
“Be content…for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” Hebrews 13:5.