Psalm 22 is key to understanding ‘Christs cry of forsakenness.’

The following verse is often understood in many conservative circles to mean that God turned his face away from his son and abandoned him on the cross. And in that moment of detachment the emotional pain of being separated from his father was more painful that the actual physical pain of the cross.

Mar 15:34  And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

Yet the context of Psalm 22 in which this passage is linked does not allow for this understanding. The psalmist in verse 24 says.

Psa 22:24  For he has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted, and he has not hidden his face from him, but has heard, when he cried to him.

The importance of this is to note that the  isolative framework of pain (Emotional, physical, mental, spiritual) often results in our believing that God is distant and has turned his face away from us. In the fullness of his humanity Christ had to experience the fullness of that isolation that pain causes. And because of his experience and the knowledge that God didn’t turn his face away from him, instead heard every word: we too can take comfort in the knowledge that God is hearing our lament also.

About Craig Benno

I'm an average aussie guy who has lived perhaps a not so average life.
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