March 28, 2021
Jesus is citing Psalm 22 from the cross. This Psalm shows the extreme trial of feeling abandoned by God. We also may experience that feeling; but this Psalm, from the agony of abandonment, leads us with Jesus to trust and hope in our God.
- “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?” is the only and last scriptural passage quoted before Jesus’s death.
- Psalm 22, authored by King David, was a powerful prophetic sign that Jesus was the King of Israel.
- The Psalm speaks of abandonment from God and extreme suffering, but further expresses praise, trust and hope in God.
- So even when Jesus felt abandoned, He recognizes that the Lord was still active and God was still present.
- If we lose our faith in God during our abandonment and suffering, we are allowing the devil to destroy us and separate us from God.
“My God, My God, why have you abandoned me?” Jesus is in extreme pain on the cross. To say anything just increases excruciatingly that pain, and so every word cost Him a lot. When he says those words, a Jew would recognize that He is quoting the first line of Psalm 22. This is the only scripture passage that the gospel says Jesus quoted on the cross.
This Psalm, which speaks of abandonment and extreme suffering, then turns to praise, trust, hope and expresses Jesus’s experience of abandonment and is also a supreme witness, to trust and to hope. We often see suffering as a sign that God is absent, that we’ve been abandoned by God, but God is often especially present in suffering. Jesus shares the suffering, the abandonment, that we can feel to help us persevere, to help us hold on. The last line, “These are the things the Lord has done,” expresses this path of suffering and abandonment that we experience and can become, with Jesus, the path to union with Him forever in the infinite joy of His kingdom.