My El, my El, why have You forsaken me? Why are You so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?
O my El, I cry in the daytime, but You hear not; and in the night season, and am not silent. (Psalm 22:1-2)
These are probably the saddest words found in the Bible. Sad because they were cried out by Yahshua, the Son of Elohim and the Son of Man when He was hanging on the stake of execution, between heaven and earth – rejected by men and forsaken by YaHWeH. So unfair because He was the most perfect man ever to walk this earth, so He was the last person ever to deserve this utter rejection. But because of His absolute, unconditional love for both Elohim and Man, He was literally experiencing for the first time in eternity being God-forsaken and at the same time being rejected by humanity, especially religious humanity.
When Yahshua cried out these words, Eli, Eli, lama sabachtani (Mat.27:46) He was utterly alone. It was the first time He had referred to His Father as El. (Mighty One) This proved that the Father/Son relationship, which they had eternally enjoyed, had been severed. Devastating to the Son of Elohim even if it was for only a season.
Why this broken relationship? It is most significant that when Yahshua cried out that question with a loud voice, in pitch darkness at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, He did not receive an answer from YaHWeH. Again I ask myself; “Why?” Because He was not obliged to answer Him, for Yahshua was not His Son anymore. He had literally become the essence of sin. The sin and iniquity of the entire human race (that includes you and me) was placed upon the sinless Son of Elohim – and He became sin. (2 Cor.5:21)
Why? Why did the Father forsake Him to such an extent that He was not His Father anymore? Why did the Father disinherit His Son? Yahshua knew why. He did not need to ask that question. He did not need an answer to it. He knew that He was the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. (Rev.13:8) That question, recorded in the Scriptures centuries ago by David in Psalm 22, was gasped out by the living Word of Elohim, who had become flesh. He spoke those words in literal fulfillment of that prophecy.
So why did He ask this question? He asked it on behalf of mankind. He asked it for me, He also asked it for you. Every man, woman and child needs to know the answer to the question as to why Yahshua, the Son of Elohim, became God-forsaken.
Recently I read those words again and in my spirit heard Yahshua cry out with a loud voice; “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” My El, my El, why have You forsaken me? Suddenly I heard (in my spirit) Father YaHWeH answering that suffering Man hanging on the stake, answering for my sake. That is why He spoke into my spirit, to answer Yahshua’s question on my behalf.
“For Johann’s sake! I turned My back on You in order to turn towards Johann. You were forsaken so that Johann will never again need to experience being forsaken by Me. You became sin so that Johann could become My son. You called Me El, so that Johann could call me Abba Father (Daddy) (Rom.8:15-16)
And I sat crying and worshiping my Father for His great love that produced such amazing grace. And I committed myself anew to Yahshua my Master who was willing to undergo the ultimate form of suffering, God-forsakenness, for me! He would have done it for me even if I were the only person on this earth. He did it for you as well, whether you believe it or not.
Thank You Father for willingly giving Your Son so that I could become Your child. Thank You Yahshua for being willing to experience that ultimate form of suffering for me. Thank You Set apart Spirit for being the Anointing through whom Yahshua offered Himself as a living sacrifice to YaHWeH, (Heb. 9:14) and thank You for revealing this great salvation to me.