My God, My God why have you forsaken me? Psalms 22:1
We have heard the messages on Christ was given for us but let us hear on Christ was forsaken for us. This verse is the fourth saying of our Lord on the cross after 3 hours of darkness. Jesus not only went through the pain, rejection, grief and insult but He went through our darkness too. A man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief, pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins, beaten, whipped and oppressed for our transgression. If you want to know what sin has done you? Just look at the suffering Christ on the Cross! There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to Him. He was representing us on the cross, a High priest before God for men. Perfect Lamb for sacrifice. Isaac asked his father “where is the Lamb for the burnt offering” and at the fullness of time John the Baptist replied “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world”. Days before the trial Christ prayed to the Father “If it is your will take this cup away from me” not because He feared death but he knew at one moment Father will forsake Him. He don’t want to leave His Father but for our sake He prayed again “Not my will but let your will be done”. Dear Reader, it is to bring you back home and wash you from all impurities the Father left his only Son. This is a serious. Father loves you that’s why He was willing to give his Son. Rock of Ages! Cleft for me!
Why God forsook Jesus on the cross?
# Christ was forsaken to Deal with my sin – Adam tried to deal with his sins but utterly failed and we see the promise given that it is God who will ultimately deal with the sin. Man cannot come back by his own, He cannot deal with it. As sheep cannot come back by its own so too the man. Romans 8 say, He came in the likeness of sinful flesh. He was not sinful but He came in the likeness of it. Isaiah 53:4-5 our sins were laid on Him. Where did Father lay our sins? On Christ body that’s why He was forsaken by God and his Body was subjected to death. God is the righteous judge and so he should condemned sin but who is perfect here to take this condemnation? So Christ who is the perfect Lamb took our condemnation on his flesh. Romans 8: 3-4 explains this, For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did; sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, Christ fulfilled the requirements of the Law through His life and sacrifice and now when the sinner put his trust in Christ he too fulfills the demands of the Law in Christ. The wretched sinner is accepted by God through Christ! The righteousness of Christ is imputed in us by faith and not by our works. The Law was weak because of our sinful flesh. God fulfilled the requirement of the Law by sending Christ in the likeness of sinful flesh. The blood the Lamb cleanses us from all our sins; the sacrifice of Christ was perfect because He was perfect and that’s how He dealt my sin.
Not the labors of my hands, Can fulfill thy law’s demands,
Could my zeal no respite know, All for sin could not atone
Thou must save, and thou alone.
# Christ was forsaken to justify me – Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. The war is over. I am no more an enemy to God. Sin was the mountain between me and my God. It was my sin that separated me and my God but now God identifies me with Christ and sees me as if I have never done sin. This is called justification. Those who are justified rejoice in their spirit because the peace that transcends all understanding is their own. The richest man in the world is the one who has peace with God. Reader, Are you justified? Do you have peace with God? Romans 4:1-8 speaks clearly on what is justification. The righteousness of Christ is imputed on me and my sins upon Christ and that makes me right before God. Now Justification is purely by faith and not by works. God accepted Abraham even before he could do any good work. Bible says, “Abraham believed God and it was counted for him righteousness”. He received the seal of circumcision after the acceptance of God. That means, this acceptance or justification is not only for the Jews but for everyone since Abraham received it before getting circumcision. God will justify everyone who will have faith like Abraham. What we must believe? Where we have to put our faith? Faith in the complete work of Christ on the cross. Now when we trust this perfect work then God justify us because of what Christ did on the cross. He identifies us with Christ. Can we get acceptance of God through our works? No! It is purely by faith. Justification by faith.
Nothing in my hand I bring, Simply to the cross I cling;
Naked, come to thee for dress; Helpless, look to thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly; Wash me Saviour, or I die;
Reader, will you accept the sweets from the leper? No! Not because of the fault in sweets but because of the leper. If the leper is cleaned then there is no problem in accepting the sweets. This is exactly how God sees our works. “Sweets in the hands of sinner”. God should wash you through Christ blood; He should dress your nakedness and give your grace to stand! Then only he accepts your works. Let us repeat these words “Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to the cross I cling;”
# Christ was forsaken to adopt me – The Greek word for adoption (huiothesia) means to “place as a son” and is used only by Paul in the New Testament. Being adopted by God means that we are accepted into His family and brings a multitude of blessings and responsibilities. Being legally adopted by God means that we receive new rights | Galatians 4:4-7 | Under Roman law, if you were an adopted son, you had identical legal rights to a son born naturally in the family. An adopted son had the right to the family name of the person who adopted him and the right to an inheritance of the father’s property. Being adopted by God means that He will care for us| Mathew 6:32 |The Father who adopts was also granted full rights and responsibilities of a natural father—he had complete authority over the adopted son and also had the legal role of caregiver. With full, loving authority over us, our Father has accepted His responsibility to care for us and He also has the right, and desire, to correct us when we are wrong and to discipline us when we step out of line. Our Father God is infinitely patient, wise and loving and the Bible tells us that the fact that God does discipline us is proof in itself that we have been adopted into His family. Being adopted by God means that many relationships will change.
Being adopted by God means we become the children of the Living God, God was judge for me but He is now my Father. Being adopted by God changes our relationship with Him entirely and affects all three Members of the Holy Trinity: With God the Father—He is no longer the Judge who must condemn us for our wrongdoings, but truly our loving Father; With God the Son—not only is He our Lord and Saviour, but He also becomes our Brother; With God the Holy Spirit—He not only calls us and sanctifies us, but also becomes the Spirit of Adoption within us. He witnesses to our own spirit within us that we are a child of God (listen to Him). The Holy Spirit becomes our guarantee and our Father’s initial down-payment of the divine inheritance we will receive and a seal upon our hearts that we belong to God. It is through the Holy Spirit that we can cry out to God, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15-17 NLT.
Our adoption by God also changes our relationship with every person in the world—both Christians and non-Christians. Our relationship to everyone else who has been adopted by God is changed, and no matter what the distance is between us—whether they live near or far, or whether they are alive today or have already fallen asleep and passed on from this life, they are all our brothers and sisters. Our relationship with non-believers has also changed, for they are still dead in their sins and we are no longer a part of their family. We have different interests from them now; our interests are no longer selfish and centered on the glorifying of ourselves or of other people, but we should only be concerned with bringing glory to God.
You can write 100 points on why God forsaken Christ. Here I have chosen only three and scratch the surface of this fundamental teaching of Christianity. May God bless you with this. Amen
1 Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in thee;
let the water and the blood, From thy wounded side which flowed,
be of sin the double cure; Save from wrath and make me pure.
2 Not the labors of my hands, can fulfill thy law’s demands;
could my zeal no respite know, could my tears forever flow,
all for sin could not atone; thou must save, and thou alone.
3 Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to the cross I cling;
naked, come to thee for dress; helpless, look to thee for grace;
foul, I to the fountain fly; wash me, Savior, or I die.
4 While I draw this fleeting breath, when mine eyes shall close in death,
when I soar to worlds unknown, see thee on thy judgment throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in thee.