So many people around the world on Answers Yahoo wonder what the Lord Jesus meant to say to the church, when he cried out on the cross of Calvary in agony, saying “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? That is to say, ‘My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matt 27:46). No wonder, it is indeed puzzling, for even the bystanders, there near the cross, did not understand Jesus’ Outcry Meaning. Some of them, as they heard it, thought that Jesus was calling for Elias, the prophet (Matt 27:47). Obviously, many misunderstood it even then. And, it is still puzzling down to our own days. So, I now wonder “Was Jesus really calling for the prophet?” Thanks to God that He has provided us with His holy word for answers. The Bible does, of course, tell us the real meaning of Jesus’ outcry. Dear reader, if it also puzzles you, you have then come to the right place.
Why Did Jesus Cry Out?
The truth is that when our first parents [Adam and Eve] sinned (making us sinners also), they fell short of both God’s glory and were separated from God with whom they used to live before sinning, for Psalm 8:5, addressing the condition they [Adam and Eve] were in before sinning, says “For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.” You see, the humankind was in a perfect condition then; they were clothed or crowned with glory and honour. Yet, when they sinned, God’s glory left them, and they saw their nakedness and felt ashamed, for Genesis 3:7-8 says of them now in their condition of sin “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.” Also, they were subject to death (Romans 6:23). So, Jesus the lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29), had to die in their (our) place (see Gen 3:21; John 3:16; John 1:29) experimenting the very painful separation from God that sin causes, just as they felt it then, for Gen 3:10, 23 says of them “And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.” Therefore, by that loud cry that Jesus made, he was painfully experimenting that sin separation from God as he, on the Calvary cross, had become the long-predicted sin offering for the humanity (Hebrew 9:28). As God abhors sin, he felt as if God the Father had totally abandoned him for the many sins of the world that he was carrying on the cross.
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