“About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eli, Eli, Lama Sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?'” (Matthew 27:49).

For thirty-three years of His life, Jesus had known intimacy with the Father. He “came forth from the Father … … into the world” (John 16:28). While in the world, Jesus said, “I am not alone, because the Father is with Me” (John 16:32). Jesus did the work that God the Father had given Him to do (John 17:4). This intimacy came down even to the words that Jesus spoke. He said, “The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works” (John 14:10).

Never was there a time in the entire life of Jesus in which He was apart from the presence of God, the Father, until this moment upon the cross. Suddenly, the Father was gone! Jesus no longer felt or experienced the presence of His heavenly Father. Jesus felt truly abandoned and alone for the first time in His life.

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