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By   •   August 24, 2006   •   Topics: , ,

Q:

We've been studying one of the Gospels in our small group Bible study at church, and recently we came across a place where Jesus says God has forsaken Him. Why did He say that? How could God have abandoned Him right when He needed God the most? Will God ever forsake us?


A:

No, God will never forsake us if we have truly committed our lives to Christ. God’s promise to His children couldn’t be clearer: “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

And one reason God will never forsake us is because His Son was forsaken in our place. When Jesus Christ went to the cross, He did not deserve to die. He wasn’t guilty of any crime in the eyes of the law (in spite of what His enemies claimed), nor had He committed any sin in the eyes of God. In fact, since He was God in human flesh, He was without sin of any kind.

But on the cross, something happened we can barely understand: All our sins were placed on Him. To put it another way, He became guilty in God’s eyes of every sin the human race had ever committed. Think of it! He was sinless—but He allowed all our sins to be transferred to Him. The Bible says, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

And in that terrible moment Jesus fell under the judgment of God—not because of His own sins, but because of ours. That is why He cried out as He died, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34). He took the judgment we deserved—and He did it because He loves us. Have you responded to His love? Don’t let another day go by without Christ in your life.

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65 Comments

  1. zack murray says:

    Thanks and pray for us all!

  2. Effie Jamison says:

    Many times we feel forsaken by God when we face trials in this life. We must keep in mind that God will never leave us nor forsake us according to Hebrews 13:5. The enemy wants us to think all we have done for Christ is in vain. He will leave you when you don’t know which way to turn; He will never leave us to ourselves to figure it out. God never will forsake Jesus. He brought him through and the price was paid. He will strengthen your faith in him by going through trials. Now share with others that God is our deliverer, our strength and hope. We can all say put your trust in Jesus.

  3. Pedro says:

    Will man ever tire of greed and war?

  4. Joseph M says:

    I love Jesus Christ with all of my heart, mind and soul—which isn’t much. I desire to love God completely. I want to be ‘very good,’ but struggle with just not being bad…the good I should do, I do not. I know I am spiritually sick. Jesus Christ is my Lord and Salvation. Please deliver me; teach me how to worship my God. I am lost.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Joseph,
      Praise God that you desire to love Him. God loves you too, and desires you to come just as you are to Him. In the beginning, God made man “very good,” but because we sin, we are separated from God. God sent His Son, Jesus, to die for us so that we could be forgiven of our sins and seen as righteous in God’s eyes. To learn more about this, you can go to https://peacewithgod.net. Even after we are saved, we still struggle with sin on this earth. Paul said in Romans 7:14-25:

      “For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. 15 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.

      So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.”

      We encourage you to visit the website below to help you grow in your relationship with Christ. The stronger our relationship with Him, the harder it is for us to be swayed. Here are some encouraging verses for you, too.

      1 Corinthians 10:13: “God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

      https://goingfarther.net/basics-of-christianity/discipleship/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=CPC&utm_term=Living%2BDaily%2Bwith%2BGod&utm_content=Basics%2Bof%2BChristianity%2BPage&utm_campaign=Facebook

      We are praying for you!
      —BGEA Team

    2. gary beury says:

      Galatians 5:17

  5. Peggy huffman says:

    I understand why Jesus was in agony for our sins but His question seemed to indicate no foreknowledge that the “abandoned feeling” was going to happen. I have trouble my Savior didn’t know He would be “forsaken” by His Father.

  6. alethia dessus says:

    I better understand the meaning. Thank you for your guidance and clarity.

  7. ginnah says:

    Explained very well. Thank you.

  8. Ceasar Weatherspoon says:

    I’m just connecting with you and haven’t any comments yet.

  9. Dorothy says:

    So are you saying Jesus is God?

    1. Erin Culotta says:

      Yes, Jesus is God in human form.

  10. Larry Miller says:

    I really do have a better understanding now. Be blessed

    1. Jared says:

      Well with what I believe, God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are One. While the Bible has proof proving and disproving this, I see it as there can be only one Almighty.