Read Psalm 22:1-11
The psalmist cries out to God in anguish, “Why have you forsaken me?” He is consumed by the closeness of his death and is inconsolable in his utter abandonment. Jesus will cry out these same words from the cross of Calvary as the last breaths of life leave his stricken body (Mk 15:34; Mt 27:46).
Have you ever felt completely forsaken by someone? By God? What was that like and how did you make it through?
What’s the difference between feeling forsaken and being forsaken? Is the difference important here?
Many people feel forsaken, perhaps even you. God’s word declares: Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread…, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6).” In our baptism Jesus promises, I am with you always, to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20). Jesus took your forsakeness to the cross that you and every person may know that no one has to stand alone. Christ is with you and sends you to be his presence with others.