What was the meaning of Christ’s words, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken Me?

These words of Christ on the cross present a difficulty to many, but they are by no means, as Rationalists would have us believe, a cry of despair.

“My God, My God, why hast Thou for seeking Me?”

They are taken from the twenty-first Psalm, which is admittedly Messianic. Perhaps Our Lord was passing over in His mind the whole of this Psalm, which foretold so truly the extremity of His human desolation.

We must remember that Christ bore the fullness of suffering for us, and since desolation or abandonment –“ dark night of the soul” the Mystics call it – is the acutest form of suffering, it was but natural that He should endure that too; that a barrier should have been interposed, as it were, between Himself and the loving countenance of His Father.

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