By   •   August 24, 2006   •   Topics: , ,


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?


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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  1. Jeanette Vater says:

    If Jesus knew everything that was going to happen, why did he ask why God forsake Him? It appears to have been a surprise to Him.

  2. David Runion says:

    Quoted from comment below. “I believe the same as you. God turned away because of the sin and Jesus was separated from God at that moment”

    I suppose at that moment God would have forgiven Jesus, but, wasnt that his plan all along?
    This is very confusing.

    1. Elton says:

      Jesus is perfect throughout His life up till the point of His suffering on the crucifixion. But He has to commit a sin somehow, otherwise, God will surely save Him, and then God’s will cannot be fulfilled, and Jesus would not have been able to die for our sins. That is why, He has to commit the greatest sin ever of losing faith in His Father. After that, He knows, the sin has been committed, and it is finished, and He died.

  3. Nick says:

    Jesus’s call came from Psalms 22. If you read that carefully you’ll see the whole of Christ’s death ordeal prophecied. But read down to verse 24 where it says that God never turned his back on him. It means that Fathwr will never turn his back from us or his Son.

  4. Julie Dupras says:

    I just want to say Thank you to Billy Graham for his faithfulness to the call God placed on his life.Thank you again God Bless You

  5. fashina seun says:

    I pray God should never forsake me nor leave me, despite all odds. He is a Merciful God. I love Him forevermore. Amen

  6. Mary Micheals says:

    I’m lifted, I hope God will not forsake me too.

  7. PaPa says:

    Sometime when I think of Christ on that cross in hot and dusty conditions, I cry. Well I never thought God forsake
    Christ (HIS ONLY SON!??) The most important words I think is “Forgive them, for they know not what they do” That is what I hold on to.

  8. michael says:

    I believe the same as you. God turned away because of the sin and Jesus was separated from God at that moment

  9. Jessica says:

    Have you ever noticed that Psalm 22 begins the same way? This is the same Psalm that prophesied events of Jesus’ death

  10. Pete says:

    Thank you for your insight and causing me to listen. There is one thing that I see at the time of what Jesus said, is that for the first time of their relationship. The son was actually separated from His father. Shouldering the sin because the father could not look at sin. I don’t know that I am understanding in its completeness and I am open to any comments.
    Thank You,