Mark 15:34

My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? - Mark 15:34

This was the darkest hour of the Saviour's human life. Lover and friend stood away from Him; and those for whom His blood was being shed covered Him with contumely and abuse. Let us consider:

His quotation of Scripture. - He is quoting the first verse of Psalm 22, which is truly known as the Psalm of the Cross. It may be that He recited to Himself that wonderful elegy, in which David was to anticipate so minutely the sufferings of his Lord. What meaning there was for those dying lips in Psa 22:7 : "All they that see Me laugh Me to scorn "; in Psa 22:13 : "They gape upon Me"; in Psa 22:14 : "All My bones are out of joint"; in Psa 22:17 : "I may tell all My bones"; or in Psa 22:18 : "They part My garments and cast lots." What sacred feet trod those well-worn steps!

His vicarious sufferings. - There is no possible way of understanding, or interpreting, these words, except by believing that He was suffering for sins not His own; that He was being made sin for us; that He was bearing away the sin of the world. It is not for a moment conceivable that the Father could have ever seemed to forsake His well-beloved Son, unless He had stood as the Representative of a guilty race, and during those hours of midday midnight had become the propitiation for the sins of the world.

His perfect example of the way of Faith. - In doing the Father's will, He yielded up His life even to the death of the cross. But amid it all He said, "My God, My God." He still held to the Father with His two hands. And His faith conquered. The clouds broke; the clear heaven appeared; He died with a serene faith. "My God" was exchanged for "Father, into Thy hands."