Daily Reading: Deuteronomy 7-9, Mark 15
33 At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 34 And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).
All of us from time to time wonder "why"? Why, do I feel so alone? Why do I feel so depressed? Why do I feel like God has forgotten me? Jesus went once step further and said, "My God, my God, have you forsaken me?" Remember Jesus was just forsaken by all his disciples, even those who vowed they would never forsake him. On the night of Jesus' betrayal, his right hand man Peter had forsaken him three times. When he needed him the most, he was cowering in fear and self preservation.
So why was Jesus forsaken? So we wouldn't be! Jesus was abandoned, given up on, and renounced, yet he remained faithful. The only way we could be forgiven is if Jesus could be forsaken. But the great promise Jesus gave the disciples when he left them was, "And I will be with you always until the end of the age". Even though we might feel alone or forsaken, Jesus promises to never let us go.
So when we ask the question "why" it is okay. Like the Psalmist who frequently called on The Lord, The Lord hears our cries and He never forsakes us. And Jesus gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit, so that we would always have the Spirit of God within us reminding us we are God's child. The Holy Spirit reminds us that we are not forsaken, and nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. You may feel forsaken by others, maybe even those close to you, but God will not forsake you.
So while we may all ask the "why" question from time to time, Jesus answered the "why" question once and for all. Why was Jesus forsaken? So we could be forgiven. As Jesus was raised from the dead and went to heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father, he realized why. He realized that while he was forsaken, God so loved the world that He gave us His only Son that who would ever believe in Him would not perish but have eternal life.