Asking Can Be Hard Day 7: Sunday Selah
We’ve looked this week at asking questions, and Jesus was no stranger to asking them Himself. In fact, we have recorded 307 questions that Jesus asked while He was here on earth. He did not ask them because He didn’t know the answers, but rather to prompt others to think more deeply and respond in faith. But this one question Jesus asked is what we will spend some time thinking upon this Lord’s Day:
At about three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” (Matthew 27:46, NLT).
Jesus felt alone in His suffering for us—because He was! The Father turned His face from His Son while He paid the price for our sin. That separation hurt Jesus. He cried out in grief as He felt abandoned by the Father for the first time ever. Alone, He dealt with the punishment that should have been ours to bear, and it led Him to ask a heart-wrenching question: “Why?”
Asking questions isn’t wrong, but disobedience is. Jesus felt abandoned and that hurt Him, yes. But He never considered being disobedient to the work He came to do—to rescue us from the penalty of our sin. Let us thank Him today as we think on His willingness not only to pay sin’s penalty for us but to feel abandoned by His Father—all out of love He had for us.