Because He Stayed There

April 15, 2023



Fell Over. The. Whole.  Land.

Until 3 in the afternoon. 

Eloi,  Eloi, lema sabachtani?

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?  

Jesus’s crucifixtion holds many poignant moments; moments that will stop you straight in your tracks and moments that will force you to ponder so many questions. Questions that will change your life if you let them. 

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? is the greatest question uttered by the greatest man to have ever walked this earth. 

Hanging on a wooden cross, nails in his hands and feet, blood pouring out, yet still filled with so much love for you and me, He questioned. He felt the darkness. The separation from His heavenly Father. As one part of the Trinity He knew the depth of pain and sorrow separation from the others brought forth. He too wondered why after all of His perfection His Father would leave Him.   

Jesus’ question is not just a question of curiosity. Not just a question uttered in pain. It was a question of separation, of loss, of space, of what seemed like diminished intimacy. A tearing away of what was and is so precious – the perfection and function of the Holy Trinity. 

It was a question that would ring loudly in his heart that dark day and in the hearts of His believers for many more centuries to come, as they, too, themselves would wade through darkness. 

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? may be a question you’ve asked yourself today or one you find yourself asking tomorrow. Yet whether it’s a question of today or of later, I’m certain it’s a question that has emerged in some form or fashion in your yesterdays. For many asking the question of God seems wrong, but in reality it is so right. Asking “why” of our Holy Father is not a form of diminished intimacy, but instead an invitation to it. It’s a call that we can make in prayer, a call we can make to prayer, a call that can bring forth great fruit if we choose to speak the words. 

Why does not mean a subversion of His sovereignty; a diminishment of our place as human beings and his servants. It’s a not a question of pride. Why is a way for us to know the heart of the Father. 

And while Jesus asked My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? He knew in his heart the answer because he knew His Father and the plan so well. 

His question today gives us the freedom to ask the question why; it gives us the freedom to know the Father in new way, a deeper way… in a more holy way. Asking God the question why is a privilege birthed out of the righteousness of one’s man’s love for us. In his forsakenness, he bore our sin while giving us the gift of asking why in our suffering. He bore diminished intimacy so we could have unending intimacy. He bore His Father’s wrath so we could stand awash in grace and mercy. 

Today, we can cry a different cry. 

Eloi,  Eloi, you have not forsaken us. 

And you can have my heart
You can have it all
Laying down my life
No matter what the cost

You can have my heart
You can have it all
Only Jesus all my days

No greater treasure, no sweeter name
The cross before me, the world behind
I have decided, only Jesus,

Only Jesus 

Only Jesus, only Jesus 
It’s only Jesus, only Jesus

I am laying down my life

No turning back, no turning back
I’ve made up in my mind

I’ve seen Him do too much, I’ve seen Him be too much
Only Jesus

My posture for this life
Is surrender
My posture for this life
Is “yes”
My posture for this life is hands wide open
My posture for this life is a song of surrender
I say, “Yes, yes
Yes, yes”

As long as it takes
To get to the place of surrender
I’m gonna stay right here

As long as it takes
I’m gonna stay right here

Because you stayed right there. 

Eloi, Eloi – Thank you that you have not forsaken us.