“And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Mark 15.34 KJV).
The physical pain of the cross was tremendous. And the fact that Jesus took our sin is incomprehensible. However, the most excruciating aspect about the cross was the fact that Jesus would be forsaken by God. God is holy and can have no part of sin, and because Jesus took the sin of the world, God had to forsake Jesus until Jesus fought for victory over death. When Jesus cried out on the cross, the only thing that caused Him to despair was that the Father had forsaken Him. Forsaken means literally to leave something. Why would God leave Jesus for a time? He left Jesus so He could embrace us, His imperfect children. Jesus took our “forsakenness,” so that we would no longer be separated from God. Because of the Finished Work of Jesus on the Cross, we now have been reconciled back to God forever—in this life and the next. God knew that Jesus would not be forsaken for long. The Bible says that Jesus was able to give His life and to take it back up again (John 10.18). So now through the death and resurrection of Christ all of creation is restored back to God, and Jesus is back on His rightful throne in heaven. One day soon, Jesus will swoop down from His throne a second time, but this time He will come to claim what He died to save!
“Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End” (Revelation 22.12-13 NLT).