Why have you forsaken me?

Mark 15:33-34, “At the sixth hour darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour. At 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?”

Jesus cried out at the ninth hour, “My God, My God why have you forsaken me?” The one who has all the answers, who claims that I have the keys to death and hades, I am the alpha and Omega, I am the great shepherd. The greatest teacher sent by God same was  questioning his God why has he forsaken him?”

The Son of most High God emptied himself of Godly wisdom and brought himself down to the status of fallen mankind who struggle for answers  so that in Jesus we might receive the answer to all our questions with the fullness of Godly wisdom and understanding.

Please notice that Jesus didn’t say “Father why have you forsaken me but my God my God, why have you forsaken me?” During His ministry Jesus addressed God as his father. “Father, if this is your will that I should drink this cup then let your will be done.” When he brought Lazarus back to life, He said, “Father I thank you that you have heard me.”  When Jesus turned five loaves and two fish for food for 5000, He said, “Father, I thank you.” The night before the crucifixion, He said , “Father the time has come to glorify your son.” Then why did he had to say “My God My God why have you forsaken me?” instead of “My father, My father why have you forsaken me?”

God, the father can never leave us. Its his divine love that made him sent his son down to the earth to redeem mankind from their sins. He is always with us.  Father as a loving father never left Jesus alone. But father as God left Jesus alone to bear the consequences of sin of mankind. Its like that a father who is a judge. When his son commits a sin, he has to punish the son despite being a loving father. Likewise, God had to let Jesus fulfill the prophesy that was spoken by David in Psalm  22, “My God, my God why have you forsaken me?”

By forfeiting his right to say “father” at that moment on cross, Jesus has given all of us greatest right to call God our father all the time.

God’s kingdom is built on revelation and prophesies. And there is a set time to fulfill those prophesies. Jesus was in intense pain for three hours but he had to wait for the appointed time for the fulfilment of the prophesy which was revealed to David by God.

God has revelations and prophesies for all of us and he has set an appointed time for their fulfillment. We need to wait for the appointed time and be careful that we don’t try to go ahead or after God’s timing.

How can we know what prophesies have been made for us? Revelation comes by digging deeper into the word of God by spending time in his presence. The more time we spend in God’s presence, the more we know how he speaks, and what he means when he says something. Spend time by focussing on Jesus, who is the author and finisher of our faith. Don’t think that you will know about God’s plan for your life if you rush in his presence. Give ten percent of your time to the Lord and he will reveal the things of his heart that will be too much for you to keep. Not just that He will fill you with wisdom, understanding and patience to wait upon his timing so that you may find your destiny in Christ.

Advertisements

Day of salvation

“In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee” Isaiah 49:8

The scripture is filled with verses that talk about waiting upon the Lord. Abraham waited and received the promised blessings. The people of Israel waited before they saw the Promised Land. Joseph waited patiently and at the appointed time he was made the governor of Egypt. Jesus was born at the fulfillment of the time. Son of God waited in obedience to begin his ministry on earth. Jesus will come again to bring salvation to those who have been waiting patiently. Heb. 9:28

Why does the Lord want his people to wait? Who likes to wait in this age and time? Don’t we all want to pray and get an instant answer that is in our favour. Don’t we get impatient and feel frustrated when we are asked to wait. Our human nature is not geared to wait and rightly so because God has put us within the confines of time. We are here on this earth for a limited time and before we are called to our heavenly abode, we try to accomplish many things so why the one who has control over time wants his children to wait?

The Lord has put us within finite time and space but his law says that everything has a time. Solomon in God given wisdom said in Ecclesiastes, “There is time for everything”. Day and night follow each other as per God’s command. Sun, moon and stars appear at the appointed time.

A seed sown today doesn’t turn into a tree tomorrow but needs nourishment and sunlight to make it grow. Every child of God goes through a period of trial and wait that turns him into the unique image father has destined him to turn into.

God could have created us as perfect human beings in the perfect image of Christ, but No! He created us as individuals with distinct personalities and character traits. The desire of his heart is to create one man out of all these unique men and women that proclaim his message and take it to the end of the world. Waiting turns us into witnesses. Without wait we will go out half prepared, only to come back in desperate failure.

The verse above talks about acceptable time and day of salvation. When is the acceptable time? Is today the day of salvation?

A child of God who is patiently waiting for the Lord knows when the acceptable time arrives. He doesn’t hear it from others but his spirit gives testimony. There are three that give testimony – Spirit, water and the blood and these three speak in agreement. When the acceptable time arrives, a child of God witnesses the maturity of his spiritual fruits and knows that the time has arrived to go out to bring glory to the King of Kings

The day of salvation is the day that brings a unique deliverance to the child of God. There is an abundance of peace and joy that follows. The word of God begins to refresh the soul the way it used to do when it was first accepted. Spiritual fervor is abound and a child of God filled with Godly excitement wants to run to save souls for God’s Kingdom. Day of salvation calls a child of God to proclaim salvation to others.

God is faithful. He will not let you wait forever but will soon return with reward that will refresh your soul and bring salvation to many.