"My God, My God why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, by night and am not silent."
What is good about Good Friday? It was a dark time but on Sunday light is coming. Sunday is pain soothed, Sunday is sorrow overcome, Sunday is grief relieved, Sunday is confusion ended, Sunday is hope resorted, faith strengthened, love lived out. But today is Friday and darkness reigns. Reminding us while it is finished it not done. Still there is a ray of light at the cross. At the cross sin was defeated so we no longer need to live in darkness. Jesus was abandoned by God the father after having such an intimate relationship with Him so we wont be. The cross is the bridge from darkness to light. Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
“You are enthroned as the Holy One; “you are the praise of Israel. In you or fathers put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them. They cried to you and were saved; in you they trusted and were not disappointed."
How did the people respond to that cry? When he cried out “My God, my God why have you forsaken me?” and Matthew recorded these words in the 27th chapter He said:
"When those standing around him, they herd this and said “’He’s calling Elijah.’ Immediately one of the ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, he put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink. The rest said. ‘Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.’ And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit."
Jesus last words before he gave up his spirit we read in another one of the gospels is “it is finished” meaning it is complete, meaning sin and darkness has been defeated, there is no need to fear because the light has come.