cross on mountain

The unjustified burden of humanity’s sins crushed Him. Each breath was more labored than the one before. All He could do was cry out to His Father.

At about three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” Matt 27:46 (NLT)

These words showcase the extent of His suffering. With no energy left to bookend His question in praises and adoration, Jesus’ cry came straight from His soul. Feeling isolated in His struggle, He spoke with raw emotions.

We’re tempted not to cry out to God when we’re caught in the middle of painful experiences. After all, this type of behavior doesn’t match the prayer decorum that Jesus had taught. In moments of frustration and desperation is when we need God the most. Our decibel level does not make Him flinch. Our prayers are not subject to moderation after God consults a divine prayer manual.

God didn’t lash out at Jesus for His cries. He didn’t ridicule or scold His Beloved Son.

Instead, He comforted Him.

Jesus’ example on the cross that afternoon is one worth following. If Jesus could cry out to God, why do we hesitate to do the same? At that moment, He wondered about God’s presence and possible abandonment.

How many times have we felt hopeless and wondered the same things ourselves?

Through uncertainty, keep talking to God. We don’t have to wait until we calm down, until we can word our prayers with eloquent phrasing. God appreciates our honesty and can handle every fragment of our emotions. He loves us too much to let us go.

He was there for Jesus.

He is here for us.

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During the Easter season, we’re exploring the seven last sayings of Jesus. This series is designed to help us reflect on our choices and our commitment to living as followers of Christ. 

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Sabrina Jacques-Rowe
Communications Leader
Henderson Highway Church

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