Lessons from the Cross 3
'My God, why have you forsaken me?' Matthew 27:46 NKJ
Lesson 3: Direct the hard questions to God. At Calvary, Jesus asked this heart-wrenching question: 'My God, why have you forsaken me' (Matthew 27:46 NKJ)? These words are also found in Psalm 22:1-3, where David poured out his heart: 'My God, why have you forsaken me? Why do you refuse to help me?' Ever felt like that? The Bible says that when Jesus was crucified, God made Jesus 'who knew no sin, to be sin...so...we might become the righteousness of God in Him' (2 Corinthians 5:21 NAS). In order to break sin's hold on mankind and make salvation possible, Jesus went through a temporary separation from God. At that moment he felt 'Godforsaken'.
If you've ever felt overwhelmed and abandoned, you know from experience that there's not another living soul who has a satisfactory answer to your 'Why?' With good intentions your loved ones can only go so far. But, only God can pour his healing into your broken heart and help you make sense (or at least accept) what's happening. That's why you need to go to him for your answers.
The Bible says, 'God has given both his promise and his oath' (Hebrews 6:18 NLT), so even if you don't get the answer you want, you can trust that he's listening. Check this out: the one who makes 'everything ...work together for...good' (Romans 8:28 NLT) always answers in your best interests.
So what now? You can trust him today, and the next, with your hard questions, and know that he has the best answers!
Soulfood: Acts 1:1 - 3:10, Luke 23:13-25, Ps 127, Prov 10:19-21