At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?.”
Here, at His darkest hour, Jesus experiences the most incomprehensible suffering of all: abandonment by the Father. Let’s be honest: We’ve all prayed with David in Psalm 22:2, “My God, I cry out by day but you do not answer.” We’ve all cried out in desperation with Job in Job 23:3, “If only I knew where to find him.” It might devastate us when friends leave us for greener pastures; but when we perceive that God Himself has forsaken us, that leads to our deepest and most penetrating despair, doesn’t it?
Take comfort. Because Christ endured His greatest hour of trial, he can carry you through yours.
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.