No Greater Story

My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?

Matthew 27:46
Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalm 22:8-9,17-20,23-24; Philippians 2:6-11; Matthew 26:14-27:66

Sermon Week/Year

Passion Sunday, A

Jesus’ cry, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” is one of the most poignant moments in the gospels, or in any work of ancient literature. It is important for us to note that read in its entirety, Psalm 22 is a journey from despair to hope. Perhaps you are aware that these are the first lines of the Twenty-second Psalm, which, if read all the way through, ends with an affirmation of faith. In recent times, many persons have learned to gloss over these words of Jesus by saying that all He is doing is quoting a Psalm and reaffirming His faith in God. But that’s too easy an answer. Of all the Psalms Jesus might have recited, why this one? Why these words of utter desolation from the beginning of that Psalm? Why not the words of affirmation at the end? The answer is that this is precisely what He was feeling.

We follow our Lord to the foot of the…

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