My God, My God… triumphant, not forsaken

Growing up in the South, and with a very conservative/literalist background, I was always troubled by Jesus’s fourth pronouncement from the cross:

My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me? (Matthew 27:46)

How could it be that Jesus would be forsaken, as so many well-respected brothers in Christ have proposed? He was the sacrifice, and a sacrifice only has value if it is accepted by God. How could God the Father turns his back on his only begotten son while he bore the burden of all the sin of the world, and yet so love the world (full of sinners) that he sent that son? What does this say about Jesus, and the unity of the Trinity? So many uncomfortable questions… For the most part, I relegated this to the category of “stuff I don’t understand”, and put it on a back burner to evaluate at another time. Thankfully, the Lord presented the opportunity to consider the problem by offering the solution.

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