You could just see it on her face. The little girl was standing in the aisle at the store, turning around, looking for her mom or dad. She didn’t find them. You could see the tears begin to well up in her eyes. She felt lost and forsaken. She had been separated from those that she loved most.
I wonder how Jesus felt on the cross on Good Friday when God the Father turned his back on him and he forsook him. He cried out from the cross “my God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Jesus’ question is a valid one. What had Jesus ever done that God would turn his back on him? The answer is nothing. Jesus had lived a perfect life, so why did God the Father forsake him? It was because of you and me.
Jesus took our guilt.
Jesus took the things that we have done wrong and claimed them as his own.
He suffered and died in our place so that we are forgiven, but that required that God forsake him. The ultimate punishment of sin.
So when you hear these words from the cross “my God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Hear in them the payment for all of your sins. Be assured that Jesus really has offered the payment that your guilt deserves and therefore you are forgiven.
Because of Jesus God will not forsake you. In fact he loves you and there’s a place waiting for you in heaven. Yes these words from the cross are a great comfort for us because they assure us of our forgiveness. Amen.