Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?

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The last words of Jesus are recorded in the Gospels as it is consummated. Before this, however, Jesus cries out My God, My God, why have you forsaken me? These words of Jesus are understood by many to be a cry of despair. 

For example, wikipedia refers to this moment of Calvary as: “It is the only saying that appears in more than one Gospel, and is a quote from King David in Psalm 22:1. This saying is taken by some as an abandonment of the Son by the Father. Other theologians understand the cry as that of one who was truly human and who felt forsaken. Put to death by his foes, very largely deserted by his friends, he may have felt also deserted by God.” 

This is the way I understood it but after further reflection I am now persuaded otherwise. It seems now entirely reasonable to assume that Jesus fulfilled scripture by crying out to God: My God, My God, why have you forsaken me? Jesus was not in despair but fulfilling scripture and God’s will. Jesus did not feel forsaken. He did not feel deserted by God. Many times Jesus quoted scripture, especially Psalms, as a sign to his messiahship. Jesus was the Christ. The Good News. His death on the Cross was his accomplishment. Forsaken? Never!

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