What Jesus Did! 'Why Have You Forsaken Me?' — Mark 15:33-34

Saturday, December 12, 2020

At noon the whole country became dark. This darkness continued until three o'clock. At three o'clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani." This means, "My God, my God, why have you left me alone?"
— Mark 15:33-34 NLT
Illustration of Mark 15:33-34 NLT — "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani."   ——   "My God, my God, why have you left me alone?"

Key Thought

As Jesus died, this is the hour of darkness. While the time may be noon, all light seemed snuffed out of the world as Jesus faces the ridicule, mockery, shame, brutality, and humiliation alone. He felt as if he was absolutely abandoned. But read Psalm 22, the Psalm Jesus partially quoted on the Cross. Notice how it speaks of feeling absolutely abandoned and completely surrounded by enemies. Then read how it finishes—"Future generations will also serve him. Our children will hear about the wonders of the Lord. His righteous acts will be told to those yet unborn. They will hear about everything he has done." In the middle of humanity's worst moment, Jesus looks beyond the horror with the eyes of faith. He will be faithful even though he feels alone. He will endure the Cross for all of us who need his grace. He will trust that the God he honors with his death will also be the Father who will bring him victory.

Today's Prayer

O Almighty God, my Abba Father, please give me the kind of faith that Jesus had. I want to be able to obey and bring you glory even when I feel abandoned and forsaken. Give me that kind of courage. Empower me with that kind of trust. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Psalm 22:12-31
  • Hebrews 12:2
  • Hebrews 4:14-16


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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