1. abandoned or deserted.
“a journey into forgotten and forsaken places”
At about three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Our benediction at church yesterday included this verse- when it started to be read I said it in my head and beat them to the end, I knew it and had read/heard it many many times before. But this stuck me anew, Jesus cries “why have you forsaken me?” Feeling of abandonment by God. I’m sure there is theological and language interpretations that would be more technically correct then this….
I prayed yesterday, thankful for God incarnate– Jesus gave up His divinity to become fully man so He could understand and relate to my humanity. So I could be in relationship with Him, knowing He understood me.
My thoughts just a few days ago about a personal circumstance… “God I thought you were with me in this….where did you go?” I’m not saying this situation was like dying on the cross and giving my life….but it hit me, that because God became man- He felt hunger, thirst…but He also felt many human emotions. So that on days when I feel the myriad of emotions, I can tell Him knowing He felt it too.
The fact that Jesus is fully God, yet became fully man is tricky and deep…but the significance of it?- a man had to pay human debt, so God became man out of His love for you.
This is totally worth your time this Easter… Till the end. (Or at least just start at 6.30 – it’s good!)