Matthew 27: 45-46 (ESV):
45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
This past Sunday I was in Kidzone overseeing the technology for the kids. I do this once a month, and I’m usually paired with the same adult teachers each week. In our church, we participate in communion each week. The teacher was explaining to the children why we take communion. She told them a story she had heard in Sunday School as a child. The teacher had told her that when Jesus was hanging on the cross carrying the sins (all the bad things we do) of the world upon Him, God said, “I’m sorry, but I can’t look at you right now.” And God turned his head. This story explains exactly how Jesus felt when God could no longer look at His beloved son because of the sin of the world that He now carried. It’s no wonder Jesus cried out, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” I also imagine what it must have been like for God to have had to forsake and abandon His son. Because Jesus was forsaken, we are not. Because Jesus bore the sin of the world on His back, we are forgiven and have access to our heavenly Father. Communion reminds me of these things and to be grateful.