“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
I was asking Jesus the other day why He said this from the cross. What I felt like He said, in answer, was as always, wondrous and comforting …
That He wasn’t forsaken by God, but felt forsaken — that we, no matter how we feel, no matter what we’ve done, are never forsaken by God, either.
That He always loves us.
But there was more: I felt like He was also saying that not only had He not been forsaken on the cross, but that He had actually never been more dear to God than in those moments.
Remember, “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18).
And it’s the same for you and me. When we are at our most broken, this is when God is nearest. When we can’t carry ourselves any further, He takes us up.
If it weren’t so, I felt like Jesus was saying — if in fact, He had been forsaken by God — why would He say just a few verses later, “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit!” (Luke 23:46).
He knew He was in God’s hands, in God’s plan, in the heart and mind of God — and though He had suffered, He knew He was not forsaken and would not be rejected.
This is something you and I can know as well. And as we discovered in my previous, it doesn’t even matter how we got broken. Even if it were our own fault, even if it happened because we rejected God and lived badly and hurt others and destroyed ourselves …
God has never rejected us and never will. We may feel forsaken, but we are not. Into His hands we can commend ourselves.