'Last Words' is a two week Easter series looking at two of Jesus' final sayings on the cross. #2 Why have you forsaken me is taken from Matthew 27:46 "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?” Two key questions to ask are;
- What happened to Jesus?
- e was forsaken.
- He questioned and trusted.
- What does that mean for us?
- Assurance - We can beconfident of God’s love.
- Acceptance - We never have to know his turning away.
- Authentic - We can be honest about our struggles.
- Matthew 27:46 "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?”
- Hebrews 4:15–16 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
- Romans 3:23–25 (ESV) 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith…
- 1 Peter 2:24 (ESV) 24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.
- Habakkuk 1:13 (NIV) 13 Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing.
- Psalm 22 (ESV) 1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? 2 O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest...23 You who fear the Lord, praise him! 24For he has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted, and he has not hidden his face from him, but has heard, when he cried to him.
- Hebrews 13:55 “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”