Today is the third in a series on the 7 Last Words of Christ.
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
This plea from Jesus reveals that Jesus truly was alone on the cross. He was abandoned by the Father as well as many of his disciples and followers. This cry shows the pure anguish and pain Jesus endured on the cross. The words come from a psalm which reveals that Jesus was experiencing very human emotions. Psalm 22, from which this comes, ends with very joyous words, which helps us to remember that this sad time will eventually end with everlasting joy. The pronoun my before the word God and the repetition of these words are a way to show the closeness that Jesus had with his Father. The Father is his. The Father is our Father as we pray in the Lord’s Prayer.