WHY DID JESUS SAY, “MY GOD, MY GOD?”
by Shawn Brasseaux
Concerning Jesus’ crucifixion, Matthew 27:46 says: “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Mark 15:34, the parallel verse, says: “And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Why did Jesus say “my God” twice?
Jesus was quoting Psalm 22:1: “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?” David the Psalmist had written “God” twice, so Jesus said it twice. But, why did David write it? And, why twice? Why not three times, or four, or five times? It is no coincidence that David and Jesus used “God” twice. Jesus Christ is speaking to two individuals named “God.” In other words, He was speaking to God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. (And people say the Old Testament never mentions the Trinity!) Since they are one God not two Gods, He said, “Why hast thou forsaken me?” The second-person singular pronoun “thou” is one entity. The Godhead is three Persons who are all equally God, who all share the attributes of what it takes to be God, and yet they are all distinct individuals.
Why did God the Father and God the Holy Spirit leave Jesus? Psalm 22:3 says, “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.” Habakkuk 1:13 says: “Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?” The Bible says that God is so holy that He cannot even look upon sin. So, when Father God made Jesus Christ “sin for us” (2 Corinthians 5:21) at Calvary’s cross, when Father God made Jesus Christ’s soul “an offering for sin” (Isaiah 53:10), God the Father and God the Holy Spirit had to leave Jesus. They could not be associated with sin.