“Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani!”

This was the “fourth word” from the cross.

Christ is recorded as saying seven things from the cross, and this was the fourth.

Matthew 27:46 (New International Version)

46About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”—which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

I have always heard this as Christ expressing the anguish of being on the cross, and God “forsaking” him in these last moments of his life.  I have heard it said that it was necessary for God the Father to turn his back on Jesus as the payment for the sins of all men rested on him.

But what if that isn’t what this meant?  What if Christ was thinking of the fullness of the scripture he began?  “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” is the first line of Psalm 22: Continue reading