The Old Testament Reference
It is generally accepted that in Matthew 27:46 Jesus was quoting Psalm 22:1.
This verse is written below as the King James Version and seven other versions record it.
Psalm 22: 1
KJV My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from
the words of my roaring?
CEV My God, my God, why have you deserted me?
Why are you so far away?
Won’t you listen to my groans
and come to my rescue?
GW My God, my God,
why have you abandoned me?
Why are you so far away from helping me,
so far away from the words of my groaning?
NCV My God, my God, why have you rejected me?
You seem far from saving me,
far from the words of my groaning.
NLV My God, my God, why have you left me alone? Why are You so far from helping me, and from the
words I cry inside myself?
NWT My God, my God, why have you left me?
[Why are you] far from saving me,[From]
the words of my roaring?
SNB My El, my El, why hast Thou forsaken me? Far from saving me, the words of my loud lamentation.
Footnote: A prophetic reference to Yashua, Son of the MOST HIGH Yahvah.
TEV My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
I have cried desperately for help,
but still it does not come.
Many have pondered these scriptures, and there are a number of thoughts on it, all valid to the degree that
one understands the revelation here, yes, revelation because it has always been a puzzle why Jesus who knew the
full and total truth of what was to befall him seemed at the very end to not understand what was happening to
him and why the Father did not come to his rescue. . Did he not sweat blood? Did he not ask the Father if it were
possible to let this cup pass from him? Evidently Jesus knew full well what was to happen and what finally did
happen to him.
The revelation that many have not understood is that Jesus, carrying the full load of the sin of mankind, was no longer ‘clean’ and could not be in the presence of God the Father. He was now, as he had so often called himself,
‘the son of man’ and as the ‘son of man’ with the full, cruel and hideous load of sin was as far from God the
Father as any ordinary mortal man could be. This was Jesus’ humanity crying out as any mortal would have.
As such, he felt the pain, not just of the wounds he carried, but of the loss of the relationship he once had with his loving Father. Jesus was alone and separated from God, as all sinners are, but just for a very brief period of time.
His loving Father looking down at the bruised, broken and battered bloody body of His beloved son, reached down
and raised Jesus from the dead. I can imagine the Father clasping the Lord Jesus to His bosom as a loving Father. The loving eternal relationship that they have always had was now restored.
Jesus faced the cruelest of trials possible and allowed death to touch him. The clutches of death could not hold
nor imprison Jesus and he defeated death and rose again to take his rightful place at the right hand of the Father.
This victory, Jesus shares with us and allows us to be with him and the father for the rest of eternity. So for just a brief moment in time, Jesus as the ‘son of man’ felt all the fear, pain, sin and anguish of mortal man.
Yes, Jesus can relate to our time of sorrow because he has carried our grief and pain.
And that is,
As I See It
Roy A. Lamont