Jesus Christ



29. Why did Jesus, while He was on the cross, cry out with a loud voice: “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)?



He cried out those words to fulfil the following words (which concern the sufferings that the Christ had to endure) which were spoken by David through the Spirit and written by him in the Psalm number twenty two: “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Psalm 22:1). And I believe they express in an eloquent way how great was the pain and suffering Jesus endured on the cross of Golgotha for our sake, therefore they should make us reflect deeply upon the great love that Christ manifested toward us.

After He had been abandoned by His own disciples, He was abandoned temporarily by His Father into the hand of His executioners. No deliverance had been appointed by God for Him in the midst of that terrible suffering; Jesus knew it. But His enemies took advantage of that situation in which Jesus was (He was hanging on a cross) and they reviled Him and mocked Him by saying: “He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God” (Matthew 27:42-43). However, even this had been foretold by David in the twenty second Psalm: here are the words of David: “All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head saying, He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him” (Psalm 22:7-8).