Did God Forsake Jesus? If Jesus is God, How Can He Forsake Himself?

  

Supposed contradiction and verses:

Jesus cried out that God had forsaken him, so he can’t be god.

 

Matthew 27:46

And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

 

Answer:

   This also appears in Mark 15:34 which I did not list above. At first glance, one might want to agree, but as we know, many things Christ said point straight to the Old Testament, and this is no different. Now, I know there are many other “objections” people raise about Jesus not being God in flesh, and those should be quashed in my two articles “Explaining the Trinity” part 1 & 2 on my web page, so I will not rehash those here. This is specific to the verse above, to which many Christians, who know Jesus is God in the flesh, say they don’t understand.

   When the Old Testament, or Torah, was written, just as with the New Testament, they were written on scrolls. They did not have chapters and verses as our Bibles do now. Chapters and versus came along to help in study and reference. That being the case, when someone wanted to draw the attention of people to a passage in the Torah, they would simply recite part of the beginning of it to draw one’s attention there. Such is the case with Jesus.

   A thousand years before Jesus was crucified, King David wrote what we call Psalm 22. IT is a twofold story, one in which he shows what he was going through, but also, to make prophecy as to what his seed would endure, since the Messiah would come from his line. The beginning of Psalm 22 reads……

 

Psalm 22:1

My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

 

   As I said, David wrote of things happening to him, but also made Messianic prophecies as well. Jesus was trying to call attention to the Jews standing there to this passage so that they could actually look and see these prophetic words being fulfilled before their eyes, He was not being forsaken. Let’s look at the prophecies and their fulfillment just from this Psalm:

 

Prophecy:

Psalm 22:16

For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.

Fulfillment:

Mark 15:24

And when they had crucified him,

 

   You may notice, I only started with part of the verse, which is simply to show the fulfillment. I wanted to add something in this.  When David made this prophecy, crucifixion had not even been invented, nor practiced. The Romans were the ones who came up with this as a way to scare the masses into submission and fear. When David wrote this, their was nothing remotely close to crucifixion to warrant writing the piercing of hands and feet, if one were to argue this Psalm is only about David. That clearly nullifies that argument.

 

 

Prophecy:

Psalm 22:7-8

All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,

He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.

Fulfillment:

Matthew 27:39-43

And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,

And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.

Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said,

He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.

He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.

 

 

Prophecy:

Psalm 22:18

They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.

Fulfillment:

Matthew 27:35

And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.

 

 

Prophecy:

Psalm 22:15

My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.

Fulfillment:

John 19:28-29

After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.

Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.

 

Also note, the above passage in John fulfills Psalm 69:21 which reads, “They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.”

  

Now keep in mind, there are many more prophecies contained in the Old Testament that were fulfilled. What the Jews fail to see in the prophecies of the Messaih, are the first coming of Him, which Jesus fulfilled this time, and His second coming, in which Jesus will fulfill at…yes, His second coming. Christ will come and rule with a rod, in power when He returns. It is sad though, that they miss the prophecies involved in the first coming. But even that was prophesied…

 

Isaiah 8:14

And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

 

What this boils down to in the end is…..no contradiction!

 

In His Grace,

            Mike Harris



 

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