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Last 7 Words of Christ

The 5th Word – Abandonment

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

At noon darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And at three o’clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which is translated, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”- Mark 15: 33-34

Utter humanity.

When God feels far off and distant, or when we struggle to feel connected to Jesus, these words can help remind us of just how human Jesus was.

When we feel abandoned and forsaken, as Jesus did when he cried out to his Father, the conclusion of Psalm 22 reminds us that darkness does not get the final word.

All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations. All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before him— those who cannot keep themselves alive. Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord. They will proclaim his righteousness, declaring to a people yet unborn: He has done it!” – Psalm 22: 27-31

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