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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Prayers in the Bible: Jesus, forsaken?

Matthew 27:46 About the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lima sabachthani?” That is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (WEB)

What a prayer! (Christ was on the cross at this time.) It is possible that God the Father had temporarily separated Himself from Christ, because Christ had my sins on Himself. It is possible that Jesus was undergoing such terrible physical suffering that He thought that the Father had left Him. Other interpretations are possible.

Sincere Christians have prayed such prayers, when tested severely. God the Father did not totally reject the Son. God the Father, and God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, will not totally forsake us, so long as we are in God's will.

Thanks for reading. This is one in a series on Prayers in the Bible. The previous post is here.

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