We have been preaching through the book of Mark at church in the morning service and I had the privilege of preaching the 2nd last sermon of the series…which I entitled “Where is God when we feel forsaken”
The text was from 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?” tied in with Psalm 22 which is a prophetic Psalm that describes the crucifixion scene in detail.
I have often heard it said that God the father deserted and turned his head away from Christ while he was on the cross. The reason being is that God is such a holy God that when Jesus became sin; because of his holiness he could no longer look at him..and so the separation and abandonment between Christ and his father was more painful than the actual physical pain of the cross.
Yet the reality is that this reasoning is illogical. For even if the sin of the world became centralised in one place at one time in the process of Jesus becoming sin – Scripture no where indicates that God had stopped watching over his creation because of sin. Within the fabric of the history of Israel and the variety of blessings and curses – God is continually telling them that he has seen their deeds.
Therefore I showed that God in fact didn’t forsake his son. And in doing do showed that in times of our own deep and dark times of pain, God also doesn’t abandon or forsake us. Deep pain of any kind is personal. It isolates us from others. Even though people are around us – there are times when our pain causes us to believe we are on our own.
Psalm 22 starts out with this great cry of despair. “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” and we hear Christ’s cry of victory in calling out to God. Have you ever noticed that even when we cry out to God- “Why” or “Where are you?” that we are still speaking to God? I believe its because within our inner being we still know that God is hearing us…and indeed verse 24 says of God: 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.
And so I want to encourage you today – that if you are experiencing deep pain and feel that God has abandoned you – that indeed he hasn’t abandoned you, but is wanting to walk with you in this journey of life.