“My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” – Matthew 27:46 – The pain of rejection.
Jesus went through a great ordeal overnight. He was captured, flogged, crowned with a crown of thorns, moved from one place to another, carried the cross (estimated to be around 135 kilograms in weight), and nailed on the cross standing up.
He has to hold the weight of His entire body with His feet which were nailed together as well. To add to the agony, He was losing a lot of blood in the process and is beginning to be extremely dehydrated.
This is just the physical pain of it. While Jesus was physically suffering from all of these, He was also being mocked and insulted upon. His disciples denied Him, Judas betrayed Him and His mother can’t do anything for Him.
He is alone in facing all this suffering. It has to be. As Isaiah wrote:
Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the Lord makes[c] his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand. (Isaiah 53:10)
HE SUFFERED IT ALL FOR US.
Before Jesus spoke these words, something significant happened – from noon until three in the afternoon, darkness filled the entire land.
Many believe, and we do as well, that this is the moment that Jesus felt the most separated from God. He was suffering and in a very dark place, bearing the iniquity of all our sins and the wrath of God.
And so, at the last moment of His life, the most painful moment of His death, Jesus Christ cried out to the Father.
“My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”
The Pain of Rejection
I tell you, brothers and sisters, Jesus knows. He understands.
Jesus understands what it’s like to be in a dark place, to feel alone, and to suffer all by Himself. He knows how it feels to be in your lowest moment and feel like the weight of the world is upon you. HE KNOWS.
And that’s the reason why we can run to Him right now – because He understands.
During the lowest points in your life, you may think, God is nowhere. Why do I have to suffer like this? Why did this have to happen to me? Where is God in all of this?
Jesus Christ is waiting for you. He knows your pain. He has been rejected, alone, and suffered from any pain possible in this world – all so won’t have to suffer ever again. And He is just waiting for you to lay that at the foot of His cross.
Lay your pain, put down your loneliness, and surrender your hurt to the One who loves and understands you the most.