“My God, my God” | Forsaken Father
by You Have My Word
I’m astounded by Jesus’ revelation of God as “Father.” Not as distant Divinity or as a separate high and mighty entity that operates from a way away. Jesus knew God as Father – safe protector, provider, director or His steps, someone to run to. He walked only as God instructed. He prayed, not to Lord but, to Father.
Jesus knew His place as Son of a holy God but so personally connected He couldn’t but live directly following His steps. Jesus was fully convinced and convicted of His sonship – not to live as a slave under strict rule, but fully loved as a child, guided as a child.
When Jesus was crucified, it was the first time he spoke to His Father as “God.”
From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”)
Jesus, as fully man, was in constant fellowship with the Father, but it was broken at the cross. Jesus had never known the separation of sin, and as He died on the cross He was functioning as fully man as a substitute for us. In that moment He speaks as man to God and not as Son to Father. It’s a cry of submission and dependence. (Read more here.)
If Jesus had constant fellowship with the Father (being God) and He calls us His brothers and sisters, how much so do we have access to God as Father? He is our Father. He promises to never leave us or forsake us. He is constantly with us. He is provider, protector, gracious, refuge, strength, guide.
Jesus was separated so we can have eternal fellowship with Father. Yes, He is God and Lord, but He is first and foremost Father. We are children of God. You are a child of God.