And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46 (Context: Matthew 27:32-56)
What Jesus heard between the pounding of His heart and what He saw through the blood dripping from His eyebrows was a prophecy in progress. Wagging heads with their gaping, mocking mouths. Sneering surrounded Him, “He trusted in the Lord!” Arguing soldiers and their clattering lots. It was all written in the Psalm He’d known literally forever. “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Ps 22:1-31). Eighteen verses of anguish crushing His soul! But, there was more. The remaining verses didn’t dull the pain, but they brought the comforting strength He needed to complete the prophecy that He and His Father had written. “It is finished!” (Jn 19:30) Then Jesus released His spirit.
- Which details of this history remind me to remember, “Truly this was the Son of God!”