Cries from the Cross
Charles H. Spurgeon
My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? (Psalm 22:1).
We here behold the Savior in the depths of His agonies and sorrows. No other place so well shows the griefs of Christ as Calvary, and no other moment at Calvary is so full of agony as that in which this cry rends the air, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me!" At this moment, physical weakness, brought upon Him by fasting and scourging, was united with the acute mental torture which He endured from the shame and ignominy through which He had to pass; and as the culmination of His grief, He suffered spiritual agony which surpasses all expression, on account of the departure of His Father from Him. This was the blackness and darkness of His horror; then it was that He penetrated the depths of the caverns of suffering.
"My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" There is something in these words of our Savior always calculated to benefit us. When we behold the sufferings of men, they afflict and appall us; but the sufferings of our Savior, while they move us to grief, have about them something sweet, and full of consolation. Here, even here, in this black spot of grief, we find our heaven, while gazing upon the cross. This, which might be thought a frightful sight, makes the Christian glad and joyous. If he laments the cause, yet he rejoices in the consequences.
First, in our text, there are three questions to which I shall call your attention.
The first is, "My God my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" By these words we are to understand that our blessed Lord and Savior was at that moment forsaken by God in such a manner as He had never been before. He had battled with the enemy in the desert, but thrice He overcame him, and cast him to the earth. He had striven with that foe all His life long, and even in the garden He had wrestled with him till His ...
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