Mark 15:33-34 New International Version (NIV)
33 At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 34 And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”)
The darkness represents the judgment that was going to fall on Jesus.
I would like to touch on three points to show the meaning of is verse.
1) His Humanity
3) What it means to us
A) His Humanity
– We know that our Lord Jesus is 100% man & 100% God.
– He is the Son of God.
– But here Jesus is expressing a human emotion.
o He felt the guilt of sin.
o He felt the burden that upon the human races.
o He felt that very thing that separates man from God.
o That is why He cried out “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me.”
– God the Father didn’t forsake or separate Himself from His Divine Son, but from the human person of His Son.
– Our Lord quotes from:
o Psalm 22:1 – My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me,
so far from my cries of anguish?
o Yet the Psalm starts off like that but it continues as both a worship to God and dependence on God.
– Also another important foreshow of this moment is when Jesus spoke to Nicodemus in…
o John 3:14-15 – Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”
o Numbers 21:6-9 – Then the LORD sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died. 7 The people came to Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the LORD and against you. Pray that the LORD will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. 8 The LORD said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” 9 So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived.
o The people sinned against God and Moses
o God send snakes because they sinned therefore they lost God protection.
o So the people repented and asked Moses to pray to God and God told Moses to make a bronze snake and put it on a pole.
o The snake represents sin – curses
o Deuteronomy 21:23 – you must not leave the body hanging on the pole overnight. Be sure to bury it that same day, because anyone who is hung on a pole is under God’s curse.
o Galatians 3:13 – Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.
o The pole in the desert was pointing to Jesus being nailed to the cross.
o The snakes is the very sin that is biting us each day.
o But, God made Jesus that very snake that sin so that whoever looks at Him will have life.
o 2 Corinthians 5:21 – God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
C) What it means to us
– You have a decision to make to let go of that sin that is biting you and look up at the Cross – For your Salvation has come and our judgment was laded upon Him – or continue in your sinful ways which leads to death.
– For God so loved the world that He give His One and only Son, to become sin and forsake Him for a moment, that whoever believes in Him will become the righteousness of God and have eternal life.
Right now the hand of God/ His hand of grace is what is holding this world together. But once that hand of graces is removed then the final judgment of God will fall on humanity. The reason why the Jesus cried out is that He was feeling the climax of Gods judgment fall upon Him. The time has come to pay from all human sin from the begging of time to the end of time. God hand of graces was removed from His Son and Gods hand of judgment was on Jesus the man.