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The truth about “my God, my God why did you forsake me”

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LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish?...” (Psalm 22:1, the Holy Bible).

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THE SEVEN LAST WORDS OF JESUS:As we commemorate Holy Week 2017, let us look at the supposed seven last words that Jesus, our God and Savior who is God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, uttered while He was hanging on the cross. A study of the Bible will show that these seven words—or more appropriately, statements—-appear separately in the Gospels.

Luke 23:34 contains the first of the seven statements: “Father forgive them for they do not know what they do.” Luke 23:43 has the second: “Truly I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” In John 19:26-27, we find the third: “Woman, behold your Son. Son, behold your mother.”

Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34 both have the fourth statement: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” John 19:28 contains the fifth, “I thirst”, while John 19:29 has the sixth: “It is finished”. In Luke 23:46, we find the seventh last statement: “Father, into your hand I commit my spirit”.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT “MY GOD, MY GOD WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?”Many of those who argue that Jesus is a mere man, and is not God, try to explain that these seven last statements of Jesus prove his humanity and His not being a God. In particular, the point to His fourth statement which says “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” The argument is that, if Jesus Himself is God, why did He have to say “my God, my God”?

From the point of view of the Anak ng DiyosKadugo Ni Kristo (AND KNK, the Children of God Blood Kin of the Christ) Church, however, the fact that Jesus uttered “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” did not prove He is a mere human being. The truth of the matter is that, Jesus was not the one who first said that exact question. As it were, He was merely quoting from the Scriptures!

The statement, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” was actually uttered first by someone else, and then put down in writing some 1,000 years, more or less, before Jesus was even born as a baby. We can find this truth in Psalm 22:1, a psalm written by King David who obviously was then suffering from some kind of grave pain, fear, persecution, or even tribulation.

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JESUS ACCEPTED THE PENALTY FOR MAN’S SINS: Psalm 22:1 contains this question: “”My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Clearly, therefore, when Jesus Himself uttered this statement when He was already on the cross, He was merely repeating what was already said before Him. He said this not because He was crying out to some other “God”, as if He was not the God and Savior Himself.

Jesus said those words precisely because He is the God and Savior who is the only One who can rightfully pay for the sinfulness of man. He repeated what David said in Psalm 22:1, not because He needed God’s protection, but solely in representation of  man who had to be punished gravely because of his sins.

We should not forget that Jesus was on the cross, not because He committed any sin over which He must be punished, but, because of His great love for His creation, He was there to accept in Himself the penalty that was rightfully due to all sinners, who would otherwise eternally burn and be eaten by millions of worms in hell. Have you thanked Jesus yet for the salvation that He gave you?

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