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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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23 Comments

  1. chama shapi says:

    i would to learn more about the bible it seems too difficult to understand some things. please help

    1. BGEA says:

      You might not understand everything you read in the Bible, but don’t let that discourage you. The Bible tells us what God is like and offers us wisdom. As you read it, ask yourself:
      • What does this passage mean?
      • What is God saying to me in this passage?
      • How can I apply this to my own life?

      As you read your Bible regularly, you will begin to understand more of it. Here are 4 more ways to get more out of your reading:
      1. Read the Psalms, the Old Testament book of worship, to enrich your devotion to God.
      2. Read Proverbs to gain wisdom and strengthen your relationship with others.
      3. Pray for understanding. The Holy Spirit can help you, and you will begin to see life from God’s perspective.
      4. Talk to others about what you’re learning. Try to attend a small group Bible study.

      For more on the Bible — where it comes from, how to read it and how we know it’s true — click here: http://bit.ly/GF-TheBible.

      If you’re a new Christian, check out this Bible study about the basics of Christianity and how to follow Christ: http://bit.ly/LivingInChrist/. You can also join a free online course that shows you what it means to have faith in Christ and how to live for Him. An online mentor can guide you: http://bit.ly/Know_Jesus.

  2. Dawn says:

    My infant son died last month. My cross is tough to bare. I’m trying to understand this while I turn to God. I feel forsaken and my poor son died during birth. He struggled to live. The Lord can take away. I’m still lost. I’m trying to turn to the Lord for help. It just is so hard.

  3. Cam says:

    Any suggestions for new Christians on some books to read or anything to help me study the bible better.

    1. BGEA says:

      A good place to start is with our free online course called Know Jesus if that’s something you’re interested in. It’s all about how to live for Christ, and someone from our team can guide you through it online: https://courses.goingfarther.net/know-jesus

      You might also look into Living in Christ. It’s a self-guided online Bible study that can get you started in your life with Christ: https://courses.goingfarther.net/LivingInChrist

  4. Kevin says:

    God loves us so much. Even knowing the depth of the price that had to be paid God crushed his son Jesus knowing he would be forsaken because God cannot look upon sin. Yet the father punished his only begotten son as if he was punishing sin, and he was our sin. The Father loves the son and the son loves the Father and that’s how we are loved by God. And when we love God, we love others. God is so good. Thank you Jesus for everything. Thank you Father for Jesus.

  5. Mary Ogunwuyi says:

    Remember the foot print any day we feel or need God his presence

  6. Michael Murray says:

    Thank you Jesus, thank you so much. Could not even imagine bearing the weight of All sin but that’s what he did.
    Now I feel like I can explain that to my son.

  7. James C Parson says:

    Jesus Christ is the Light in a dark world.

  8. Allen Boatwright says:

    Thank God for the blessings of Billy Graham, his family, his influence.
    Allen

  9. Christian says:

    Because Jesus was expecting something else but he was condemned to death instead.

  10. Elton says:

    Jesus led a perfect life. In order to save us all and do God’s will, he had to face death. The only way then is to commit the greatest sin ever. What sin is greater than one in which God’s only Son, loses faith in His Father. Jesus took it upon Himself to commit this sin, to cover us all. He died after committing this greatest sin. But, the good news is this, and the reason for this is clear. God’s grace is the most powerful gift ever. Even with the greatest sin committed, God forgave Jesus, resurrected Him, and Jesus sits with His Father to watch over us.