Was Christ Forsaken by God as He Hung on the Cross?
I say no! This is one topic I’ve debated many times with others. The more I debated it, the more I researched it, I found it to be true. God did not forsake Christ as he hung on the cross, dying for our sins. Jesus was the only perfect human being. To say God forsook him, his only begotten son, to me, is almost blasphemous!
Mat 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
That verse is where the teaching comes from and it is highly misunderstood.
What exactly is that verse talking about?
It is taught in many churches, but not all, that God had forsaken Christ.
Some explain it was because Christ took on our sins, so God couldn’t look upon him.
No where in God’s word does it state such a thing. If anything, God was well pleased with him.
First of all, Christ never referred to God as God when he was speaking to directly to God, he called him Father.
Second, Christ was teaching us while he hung on the cross.
He was quoting Psalms 22 which starts with:
Psa 22:1 To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?
Psa 22:6 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.
Psa 22:7 All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
Psa 22:8 He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.
Read down further: for As Christ hung on the cross, he was quoting Psalm 22, showing the people that what was prophecied a 1,000 years, before the fact, was happening at that very moment.
Psa 22:13 They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.
Psa 22:14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.
Psa 22:15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.
Psa 22:16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.
Psa 22:17 I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.
Psa 22:18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.
Psa 22:19 But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me.
Psa 22:24 For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard.
The afflicted one was Christ. It is stated that God did not despise him, nor abhor him. If anything it is the exact opposite of what is taught in most churches
Every word out of Jesus’ mouth was for teaching, even while he hung on the cross. Christ NEVER WHIMPERED OR COMPLAINED about the job he had to do. In a sense, by believing he was crying out to God, in a complaining manner, makes he seem as a wimp, which he was not!
If anything, God glorified Jesus, not forsook him:
Joh 17:1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said,Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:
Joh 17:5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
Those verses speak of God glorifying Christ, not forsaking him. Our Father Glorified the Son!
GOD SAID HE WOULD NEVER LEAVE NOR FORSAKE US:
Heb 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Yet, many pastors teach God forsook Christ, the perfect sacrifice, the perfect human being, his only begotten son, sent here to die for our sins, was forsaken.
How can this be? When we are not forsaken though our works are as filthy rags? Yet, we are expected to believe that God forsook Jesus..
Christ never became sin, though I know it’s taught by many. They take it from this verse:
2Co 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
The word “sin” in the Greek is “hamartia”. It is the same Greek word in the LXX used for “sin offering”.
The NIV translation, though it says “sin”, there is a note stating “Or be a sin offering”. (Though I’m not big on the NIV, at lease they had that noted and got Romans 8:3 right)
And in Romans 8, the translators of the NIV translated the same word Greek word “Hamarita” as “sin offering”
Romans 8:3 For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering.
And Bullinger’s scholarly note on “sin” as used in 2Cor 5:21-
*sin. App-128. Only here and 2Co_11:7, in this Epistle. The first occurance in this verse is by Figure of speech Metonymy (App-6) put for sin-offering. Compare Eph_5:2. The same Figure of speech appears in the same connexion in Gen_4:7. Exo_29:14; Exo_30:10. Lev_4:3; Lev_6:25. Num_8:8. Psa_40:6 (7); &c.***
Christ never became sin, he was the perfect sin offering. without spot or blemish, the Passover Lamb. God was well pleased with him and Christ never became an offense to our Father.
“The Sky Became Dark” Some use that verse and say, “see, the sky was darkened because God was forsaking Christ”
The darkness at the sixth hour as Christ hung on the cross…. God’s word says:
Amo 8:9 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord GOD, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day:
Mat 27:45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.
The sixth hour, by the Hebrews day, as spoken above in Mat. 27, is noon, compared to gentiles day. It was a sign, for God says about the moon and the stars, that they are for signs and seasons. (Gen 1)
Who God Will Not Forsake
Here are God’s words about who he will not forsake:
Deu 4:29 But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.
Deu 4:30 When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice;
Deu 4:31 (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.
Christ fits the descriptions of who God will not forsake!
It is a Big Deal
And though some might feel this is no big deal about what one believes, I believe it is. This is just an example of what many churches are teaching. They teach from their own understanding instead of what God’s word truly says. Just as the pharisees, they taught their traditions from the talmud instead of relying on God’s word. And it was important to Jesus. He said:
Mat 15:3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?
Mat 15:4 For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.
Mat 15:5 But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me;
Mat 15:6 And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.
Mar 7:10 For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death:
Mar 7:11 But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free.
Mar 7:12 And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother;
Mar 7:13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
To teach that God had forsaken Christ because he became sin, (which he didn’t become sin, He became the sacrifice for our sins, he took on our punishment for our sins, Jesus became the Passover lamb, with out spot or blemish, nor any broken bones, that’s why the soldiers didn’t have to break Christ’s legs.), is erroneous! Adam sinned, God didn’t forsake him. Cain sinned, God didn’t forsake him. Christ did not sin, yet it’s taught God had forsaken him