THE CLIMB TO CALVARY
Meditations on The Seven Last Words of Christ
THURSDAY AM: The Fourth Words
“And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?’ which is, being interpreted, ‘My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?’” (Mark 15:34).
Jesus’ Passion on Calvary is now drawing to its sad and seemingly tragic end. The skies have been dark, despite the fact the crucifixion occurred during the day in Jerusalem. In the midst of this cataclysmic phenomena, Christ has forgiven His killers (Luke 23:34), converted a sinner (Luke 23:43), and arranged for His mother’s future care (John 19:26-27).
His attention now turns inward, and how can it not? By all human account, Jesus is losing the fight of His life. But that’s not even the half of it. That’s because while His physical pain is overwhelming, the mental and emotional suffering is far worse. For the very first time, Jesus has experienced a break in His relationship with His father.
When Christ cried out from the cross, many assumed He was calling on the prophet Elisha. In fact, He was quoting Psalm 22:1:
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me,
so far from my cries of anguish?
For most people, abandonment is something that happens to someone else. If and when it does impact us, the consequences are devastating.