Last Words: Forsaken

 

‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ In his book, The Hard Sayings of Jesus’ F.F. Bruce calls this phrase ‘the hardest of all the hard statements’. The problem is not with the words, they are simple. But what do they mean? What do we understand of the experience of Jesus and the Father here? We can never comprehend the depths Jesus’ anguish. Literally, truly and actually God the Father abandoned His own Son at that moment on the cross. We will need to explore why this happened and what that means for us. As we do, all we can do is stand at the foot of the cross, hear that cry, and realise that what Jesus did for us cost Him more than we can begin to imagine. And we say, Thank you.’

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