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Q:

Did God really forsake Jesus when He was dying on the cross?


A:

Jesus’ cry, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34) has puzzled many. Jesus is actually quoting the opening line of Psalm 22 and using it to express His deep agony on the cross. He is suffering the penalty for our sin, in our place.

The penalty for sin is death (Romans 6:23). Death includes two dimensions—physical and spiritual. Physical death is the separation of the spirit from the body. Spiritual death is the separation of the spirit from God. Since Jesus was dying for our sin as our substitute, He was experiencing the agony of separation from His Father. It was the agony of hell.

There is an unfathomable mystery here. Jesus was both God and man united in one divine Person. He could not suffer and die with respect to His deity, but He could suffer the agony of separation from the Father and actually die physically with respect to His humanity. And He did, that we might, through repentance from sin and faith in Him as our Savior and Lord, be forgiven of our sin and reconciled with God.

“We all, like sheep, have gone astray … and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6).

Our greatest need is for forgiveness—and Christ came to make that forgiveness possible. Christ bridged the gap between God and man, and by faith in Him that gulf can be erased and we can come to know God personally. Faith is not just an idea in our minds or even a conviction in our hearts. It is a commitment of our lives to God and His truth.

Let God’s Word, the Bible, be the source of your understanding about God and His love. But beyond that, open your heart to Christ and commit your life to Him. It is the most important step you will ever take.

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43 Comments

  1. Gregory Shortnacy says:

    God bless and help people know Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Thank you.

  2. donald Chatman says:

    I love the LORD an I believe that Jesus died for our sin. I go to church but what does GOD want me to do? How can He use me?

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Donald,
      We are grateful that you love the Lord! To know what God wants you to do, prayerfully ask God to reveal His plans for you. Then take time to hear what He has to say. This doesn’t mean just physically hearing. God might speak to you through what you read in the Bible, through the advice of wise friends or through opportunities that come your way. You might also set aside some quiet time each day. Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” Ask for wisdom to understand when He speaks to you, and if you feel like He is leading you to do something, don’t hesitate! Also remember that God will never lead you to do something that’s against His Word, the Bible. That’s why it’s important we read Scripture for ourselves. Ultimately, God’s primary purpose for each of His children is to become like Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29). We’re praying for you!

      —BGEA Team

  3. Rebecca Buisman says:

    Amen.

  4. Richard J Antonucci says:

    What a blessing Billy was and is to me!

  5. Chase says:

    Jesus was separated from God with love. God is Love. Jesus is love. The only possible thing to separate them would be love. Forsaken out of love for us. Beautifully divine and always perfect. The only thing left to do is love God back and love each other exactly the way we are.

  6. Albert Kavanamur says:

    Thank you, very intresting and life changing for why God seperated from Jesus. Gods blessings on us

  7. Carol Muro says:

    Interesting answer to the question of Jesus’ separation from God when on the cross.

  8. George P. Nyetoe says:

    I want to Know Jesus more than I Know myself.May God bless you more and more.