RE: Craig Clark, When Jesus says "My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken
Me.He is quoting from Psalm 22:1. Psalm 22(the Psalm of the Cross)
is a prophecy of Jesus' crucifixion. The rejection of the Messiah by the
people(v.6),the insults they hurled at Him on the cross (vv.7-8 –)He understood why He had to suffer – this was His mission –
He was confident of the Father's ultimate deliverance of Him through the
resurrection of His body before it had even seen decay (Ps.16; cf. Act 2:24-31),
for the second half of Psalm 22 is a hymn of victory (vv.22-31).Jesus final statement on the cross which comes almost immediately after the
Psalm 22:1 in Luke 23:46: "Father, into Thy hands I commit my spirit".
This is also a quote from the Psalms,Psalm 31:5, to be precise, and is a
statement not only of Jesus' impending departure from life, but a statement
of victorious trust in the One in whom He trusted, the One He knew would shortly
deliver His humanity through resurrection
"He cries in ultimate loneliness, ‘My God, my God, why hast thou
forsaken me?’“With all the conviction of my soul I
testify that he did please his Father perfectly and that a perfect Father did
not forsake his son in that hour. ______________________________Of all the words Jesus spoke, those are the most heart-wrenching to
contemplate. What he was going through at that awful moment is unimaginable.
Abandoned by his closest friends and enduring an inhumanity such as the brutal
human talent is capable of inventing, he who brought comfort to the poor and the
lowly had reason to wonder if all he had tried to do had been for naught.It wasn't without meaning. His personal crucible in this dark hour
is a bond between Jesus and all who experience the long dark night of the soul.
Too many in Utah find that "inner peace" at the bottom of a prescription
bottle. Turning to the "savior" just might be a better alternative.
It was Winston Churchill that said; the only thing we have to fear is fear
itself. There is a lot of troubles in the world. There isn't any thing I
can do about them, but turn them over to God. There is a prayer that Alcoholics
Anomalous uses in their meetings. The Serenity prayer. God, grant us the
serenity to accept the things we cannot change, courage to change the things we
can and the wisdom to know the difference. I like that because I think that
it's by the grace of God go I.