My God, My God… What Does it mean?


My God, My God why have you forsaken me? (Mark 15:34; Matthew 27:46)

We all have heard this line; we have seen it in the movies and heard it in Church. And most of us think we understand it, to us, we use it to show that Jesus also felt that God had forsaken him also, that God had forgotten about His son.

The line is dripping with despair, and we can see Jesus yelling this in anger and distress. Jesus up on that cross allowing his humanity to fully come out, stating to God that he feels that God has let him down, that God has forgotten all about him, left him to die on the cross.

This one line in the bible, this one show of Jesus’ humanity, is probably the most misunderstood line in the bible. I know that I did, that I used it to show that even Jesus felt that God has forgotten about him. As a human, as someone who is not perfect, I often feel that God “Has forsaken me”, that God has pushed me to the side.

The feeling of being forgotten is a deeply felt human emotion, one that all of us feel at one time in our life or another. We all want to be wanted; we all need to feel needed. And that one line in the bible seems to sum it all up, we can hear the anger in Jesus’ voice, we can see the pain in His eyes and hear the laboring breath of our savior hanging from the cross.

I think in some way we want Jesus to feel that way, we want Jesus to have the failings of us, and we want to feel closer to him not by our holiness but rather our failures. We feel more comfortable with Jesus in failure then in Holiness. We think this makes Jesus more human, we feel that Jesus must have all the same feelings as we do. But we forget that Jesus was also God, that he was sinless. We fail to remember that we are of a fallen nature and we sin.

Yes Jesus could have sinned, he was human, but he did not, he died sinless. Too question Gods love for us, to think that God would forsake us would be a response form a human of a fallen nature. We have broken our connection to God through our sins. With each sin we clutter up our view of God, with each sin we find it harder to see God in all things. So for us, as humans of a fallen nature, we find it easy to feel that God has forsaken us, but for Jesus, who has no sins, this idea of God forsaking him, or anyone, is not even conceivable. God’s love is not conditional, our love is conditional.

So if Jesus didn’t mean what we think he meant, what did he mean?

Read Psalm 22

Jesus was quoting the Old Testament, Psalm 22, this psalm is about Jesus, about his sacrifice. To the Jewish people who heard Jesus cry from the cross, they would have known what Jesus was talking about. Jesus was drawing the parallel between this passage and His Passion, Death and Resurrection. He basically was telling who ever heard him, see I am the Christ, and see I am fulfilling the Old Testament passage.

Our job is not to try to fit Jesus in to our molds of life, but rather for us to fit in to His. So it’s not that Jesus felt like we sometimes feel that God has forsaken Him, that’s our hang up, not His. Rather it’s more like how do we fit in to His emotion of God I have done your will; I have dies unto myself for others. How do we do that, how do we become more like Jesus and allow God to work through us, and allow God to sacrifice us for the sake of others, so one day we to can say “My God My God why have you forsaken me” .

Paul

 

p.s.: I just want to make it clear that I am not stating that we will become a god, but rather that we are to follow in God’s ways, and that we may one day be like Jesus, a good and holy person, whom God has used and we have allowed God to use for his glory.

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About Paul Sposite

Paul Sposite - Life Coach I began my career as an instructor. As an instructor there are two basic requirements. You have to know yourself, so you know where you’re drawing your inspiration from. And you have to actively listen to the others, and then respond to the subtext of what they are saying. In learning about myself I started to focus a lot on my students, how they learned, what questions they were asking and how I could best modify my methods to best serve them. I believe that if you use your real life problems/issues as insights to the issues you need to heal, you’ll grow. From my experience in the classroom, creating curriculum and material to support my training, I developed an interest in how people process information. This interest turned into my interest in Life Coaching.
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5 Responses to My God, My God… What Does it mean?

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  2. SEAN TUCKER says:

    It is the MISunderstanding of us humans about JESUS being GOD or the SON of GOD which is why today GOD has forsaken all of us. GOD has no wife and has not ever begotten so how can he have a SON? JESUS was and is and will be the HOLY SPIRIT. The blessed one. JESUS is the SOUL of GOD but God has no form containable or imaginable and yet all things God created are the imaginations of God. GOD JUST HAS TO SAY “BE” and it shall be. Only GOD known all things. God is the doer of all things known and unknown. BUT GOD HAS NOT BEGOTTEN TO BEGET IS A SIN. jesus never proclaimed to be born of GOD or from GOD. but all those who believe in GOD without any doubts are the children of GOD and because JESUS did HE said and was the son of GOD but not in the literal sense known to mankind. But this is how it was understood by mankind therefore Jesus said “MY GOD, MY GOD WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME” .
    It was this understanding of the common man which was the biggest threat for the rulers of that era for if that was left to spread ,that belief would very soon make Jesus more powerful than all the kings and emperors. Jesus was punished for common man’s wrong understanding. GOD does not RE-INCARNATE. God appoints subjects and messengers and prophets and messiahs to spread the word and to teach people about the KINGDOM of GOD.

    • Paul Sposite says:

      If Jesus is not the Son of God, than he lied and if he lied than he cant be just a great moral teacher. It’s all connected. Jesus had to suffer and die for our sins, but he also had to rise on the 3rd day. If not than he was just a man that killed himself for no reason.

  3. SEAN TUCKER says:

    If only it was really so easy to understand what and who was JESUS then why would only a part of the world have followed Jesus? Jesus was chosen as the saviour of manikind. Jesus was appointed by GOD almighty and GOD is INFINITE.

    JESUS sacrificed his life to set an example for the world to some day wake up and realize his teachings. WHICH KINGDOM did JESUS talk about? Why did Jesus say do not get attached and run after worldly wealth. but instead follow me and I’ll give you the KINGDOM of GOD. WHY DID JESUS SAY “FORGIVE THEM FATHER FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THE ARE DOING?” DO WE EVEN TODAY REALLY KNOW WHAT WE ARE DOING? We are fighting with and against one another trying to prove one is right and another is wrong. or one is stronger than the other. THIS IS NOT WHAT JESUS GAVE HIS LIFE FOR?

    WHETHER JESUS WAS THE SON OF GOD OR NOT WHAT DOES THAT MATTER IF YOU CHOOSE TO IGNORE THE TRUE ESSENCE OF HIS TEACHINGS. JUST PRAYING FOR A FEW MINUTES AND HOURS AND then continuing the regular ddeeds is not what Jesus was trying to teach us. Look around us what is happening in the world? and why? WHO SHOULD DECIDE WHO IS RIGHT AND WHO IS WRONG? WHY IS THEIR SO MUCH CAOS IN THE WORLD? why is their so much hatred and enemity in humans for one another? JESUS lived and died for a purpose. ARE WE DOING what he was teaching us did we heed the word of Jesus. The word of Jesus was from God for us.

    Each of us is the SON or the CHILD of GOD if we realize the teachings of JESUS. Who are we to try and prove JESUS was the son of GOD or not. JESUS was what GOD wanted him to be. But what are we? who are we?

    WHY HAS GOD FORSAKEN US? Think!Think!Think!

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