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Daily Radio Bible Podcast

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My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? This is known as Jesus great cry of dereliction. Many have taught that this is where God the Father is abandoning his Son. Or even worse, this is where God the Father is killing his Son. But things are not always as a seem. And much of the early church never saw this passage this way. Jesus is actually quoting from Psalm 22. Here, the psalm begins with the words My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away from me when I call out for help? Like many of David's Psalms, they begin with a cry of dereliction, a cry of abandonment. But they all end with David affirming God, as faithful, as present, as the God who never abandons. And this is what we see in this psalm at verse 24, at the end of the song, it reads this, for he DID NOT despise or abort the affliction of the afflicted. HE DID NOT turn his face from me. But heard, when I cried out to him, the psalmist is saying, God does not turn his back. But God is present. Here's us. Jesus, no doubt is identifying with our experience with betrayal or abandonment in this life. He's tasting it just as we do. But he is not being abandoned by his father. The end of this song makes it clear. And Paul tells us clearly what the early teaching of the Church was on this matter. In his passage in 2 Corinthians 5:19, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself. There's no division in the Trinity at any point on the cross, or at any other time. God, the Father does not abandon his Son, and God, the Father will not abandon or forsake you. And the prayer of my own heart today is that I will know this well, that I'll experience what my lord has experienced. The faithful love of his Father, forever, love that never leaves or abandons or forsakes, just as Jesus, the son knew this, my prayers that we will all know this, and that will know his joy. T