In His hands

“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.

About Jax Hill

Christ-follower, wife, step-mom, scuba diver and fabulous socialite Jax Hill is the author of the novel "Dragonfly" and has a few interesting ideas every once in a while. Mostly with me it's just Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, love, love, love.
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6 Responses to In His hands

  1. birdchirp says:

    Reblogged this on Redbird's Roost.

  2. scriptordeus says:

    It’s been my belief that because Jesus became sin for us, His Father had to turn His back on His own Son during those 3 hours of darkness. As Holy God, He cannot look on sin. Jesus had to endure a period of separation from His Father in order to pay for our sin, so, yes, He probably felt forsaken, but in fact, He was not. He was fulfilling God’s perfect plan.

    • Jax Hill says:

      That’s what I was taught, too, growing up in the Assemblies of God tradition. But in the past several years, I have come into such a deep, intimate relationship with Christ, I feel I know Him so much better than I ever did before … and the main characteristic of our relationship is His unending, amazing, overwhelming love. I do not see how such love could turn its back on its child, no matter how broken, dirty, sinful. What mother would ever feel herself too clean to pick up her bleeding baby? If we, being sinful, can give good gifts to our children, how can God, being perfect, truly reject and turn His back on His only begotten? I can’t see it. Fortunately, CS Lewis taught us that we don’t have to know how the sacrifice on the cross works, only that it does. I don’t think we need to believe any particular thing about its function, only that it does function. What do you think?

  3. So true..God never ever reject us! Very inspiring post friend! Thanks for sharing! God bless!

  4. MLB says:

    And it’s His example for us. In our loneliest, most isolated times when we think no one cares, not my friends nor my family, not my husband or children. So Christ, when He felt alone and separated from His Father, knew that He was loved….. but still cried out to Abba. And so should we, not just in the darkness of a lonely life but in the everyday trials. Jesus is always showing us how to live life in Him.
    I think C.S. Lewis is correct ….. the cross, the sacrifice Jesus made for us….. how it works isn’t important. But what it is critical is that it leads us to the resurrection … which leads us to Him and the Abiding Life!!!
    Gal. 2:20…..with Christ I have been crucified, and live no more do I, and Christ doth live in me; and that which I now live in the flesh — in the faith I live of the Son of God, who did love me and did give himself for me;

  5. Timothy A. Corder says:

    I know I’m kind of late in commenting on this, but I just recently (re)discovered your blog.
    I was taught the same as you about this passage. But then I ran across Psalm 22. It literally gave me chills when I read it and couldn’t figure out why I ever never heard anyone preach on this Psalm, especially at Easter or with regards to the crucifixion. I began wondering if maybe I had been taught the wrong lessons about why Jesus cried out “My God, My God. Why hast thou forsaken me?”
    What if this wasn’t just a cry of anguish and despair? What if this was Jesus referencing Psalm 22 as a final lesson? What if this was a plea to God that he “But be not thoug far from me, O Lord: O my strength, hate the to help me.” (Verse 19) What if this was Jesus saying that, in spite of it all, “I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.” (Verse 22)? What if this was a reminder of the prophecy that “They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.” (Verse 31)?

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