Good Friday: Grace for the Forsaken

Good Friday: Grace for the Forsaken

About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice “Eloi, Eloi lama sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me.

Matthew 27:46 (NIV)

These words pierce me every time I read them. They are words wrung from the deep places of the soul. Words that come from the depths of pain and anguish.

He had been betrayed by one of his close friends. One of the men who was in his inner circle had denied him. Those who had shouted his name in triumph just days before, now called for him to be crucified.  

He was in the dark, he was crying out, he was betrayed, he was abandoned and he was in pain.

He knows what it is to be forsaken.

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