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My God Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me: Reframe

The popular phrase, My God, My God, Why hast thou forsaken me, said by Jesus as He hung on the cross, feeling forsaken by the Father comes up in this chapter. While on the cross, the LORD was between two other men being killed. They were two thieves.

People passed by shaking their heads for different reasons. Some said to the LORD, “You said though they destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself now if you are really the Son of God.”

They wanted Him to get down from the cross. The chief priest chimed in also, mockingly saying He was able to save other but Himself He is unable to save. If He is truly the King of Israel, let Him come down from the cross now and we will believe Him (even that they were lying).

My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me

They continued saying things like He trusted in God, let God deliver Him now; especially because He said He is the Son of God. The thieves being executed with jumped in also; they had a few things to say also. Suddenly, with all the mocking and questioning going on, the Father intervened.

From the sixth hour of the day, which is noon, there was great darkness over the entire land for about three hours. At the end of the three hours of darkness, Jesus cried with a very loud cry, “My GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAST THOU FORSAKEN ME?”

Some people nearby believed the LORD was calling for Elijah, some thought He was shouting for something to drink. They brought back a sponge filled with vinegar for Him to drink. The remaining crowd waited to see if Elijah would come and save Him.

Indeed the Son of God

Jesus shouted again with a loud voice, and this was when He died and gave up the ghost. At that time, the veil of the temple tore in two from top to bottom as a result of an earthquake that tore rocks in pieces.

This earthquake opened up many graves and many bodies of the saints who were fallen arose. They came out of the graves. There were many centurions there but one, in particular, saw the events, Jesus and the earthquake, and he was scared to death.

The centurion said that Jesus was truly the Son of God. Women nearby and afar came to minister to the LORD, among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and the mother of Zebedee’s children (the sons of thunder).

Joseph Asked for the Body

The evening came upon them, and a rich man named Joseph of Arimathaea came to the burial site. He was a silent disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and begged to take the body of the LORD and Pilate granted him permission.

Joseph of Arimathaea took the body and wrapped it in clean linen and placed the body in his own new tomb.

Joseph made this tomb out of hewn out in the rock. His servants rolled a great stone over the door of the tomb and left. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James sat by the grave most of the night.

The next day was the feast of unleavened bread. It was not such the celebratory festival that it normally should have been. The city was overwhelmed by the execution of Jesus the Messiah. A few days later, the Sabbath day (7th day), the chief priests and Pharisees came together before Pilate and asked a favor.

Guards Set to Secure the Body

They recalled that Jesus said He was alive three days after He was killed. They wanted security guards to protect the tomb site so His disciples wouldn’t come by night and steal the body and spread to the people that the LORD had risen from the dead.

This would be worse than the first. Pilate granted them what they wanted but he did not use his Roman guards; he told them to use their own guards. They sealed the stone before the tomb and set guards to watch the tomb, the entire time.

Selah (based on the second half of Matthew chapter 27)

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