“Has God forsaken me?” is the question which “cross-examines” your heart and mine on this Good Friday.
Christ Himself asked the chilling question on Calvary: “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
After hours of meditating on these words, Dr. Martin Luther threw down his pen and said: “God forsaken by God!? Who can understand that?!”
Jesus borrowed these words from Psalm 22 in which King David foretold even the piercing of Christ’s hands and feet a thousand years before it came to pass. The mystery of our redemption is wrapped up in this horrible cry from the cross.
Ironically, He whose name is “Immanuel” – “God with us,” and who has promised you and me, “I am with you always,” finds Himself without God – forsaken by the Father, enduring the eternal torments of the damned in our stead on the cross.
St. Paul explained it: “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Cor. 5).
However bad things may get in our lives – and they can get very bad – we can never truly claim that God has forsaken us, abandoned us, left us nowhere to take our guilt, no open door to His mercy.
There is an old saying: “If God seems a little distant lately, guess who moved?”
It is not God who forsakes us. It is we who forsake God – storming off in anger, doubt, disgust, disagreement, self-will, ingratitude, distrust.
“Thou hast not left me,” said the hymn writer, “oft as I left Thee.”
Has God forsaken you or me? No. God forsook His Son instead. Has God forgotten you or me? Never. He has written your name and mine on the palm of His hand. Is God still there? Absolutely. Arms wide open. Let us fall into His arms each day. Let us “abandon” ourselves to His mercy.