Why did Jesus cry out? “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ. People often ask this question and try to understand why Jesus on Cross said; “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” Let us find out together and learn what was the purpose and reason behind that, why Jesus said; “My God, My God why have you forsaken me?”
First of all you must understand that Jesus Christ became our substitute on cross; He was not crucified because of being sinner Himself, He was crucified because of you and all of us, He had taken over each one of our sins, and Bible teaches us, “there is an accuser present in the sky, whose task is to accuse us and he is called Satan. In Hebrew language the word “Satan” means prosecutor.
If Jesus Christ’s suffering on the cross was not true, Satan could have said to God, a drama is being played here; He is not suffering at all. That is why you must understand that as a human being Jesus Christ’s suffering on the cross was real. It was not a supernatural thing that Jesus was being flogged, His hands and feet were being nailed, He was being tortured, and nothing affected Him as He was a supernatural being, it was nothing like that. His suffering was genuine as a part of being a divine supernatural power He was human as well. He was complete human and complete God both at the same time. But at that very moment God treated Him as a human. That is why Jesus said; “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?”
Those were only few moments when Jesus faced suffering, and as a human being he expressed His feelings and said; “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” because for Him the saddest thing was the separation from Heavenly Father although it was just for a second. That is why Jesus cried out to His Father and said “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?”. Indeed it was our voice which was coming out of Jesus´ mouth; “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” God never departed away from Him but because at that time he became our substitute and took our sins over Him. And God cannot be present where there is sin that is why Jesus had to cry out “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”