In this sermon, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, examines Jesus fourth word from the cross– words of desolation– “Why hast Thou forsaken Me?” Here are some excerpts:
“…’My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?’ Did you ever notice that this was the only occasion when He addressed His Father as ‘God’? Always before it had been ‘My Father.’
There have been many attempts to penetrate behind the mystery of this saying, and we shall examine a few of them briefly…”
“…I see not only ineffable purity — I see also suffering love — and seeing Jesus on His Cross, I realize that I helped to put Him there: Thus, I see myself in all my sin and need of pardon. And looking on the heart of God laid bare in redeeming love…”
Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.