Eloi, Eloi

Mark, I am new to CCC and my wife and I love your teaching/preaching style and have really enjoyed your presentations. Here is my question: Why did Jesus say "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?"—which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Matt 27:46 Thanks so much for your work. Cheers and God Bless JJ

Thanks for the great question J.J! You know, this is a critical moment in world history. Jesus cried this out while he was dying on the cross. Later in the Bible it explains this about Jesus. "He who had no sin became sin for us so that in Him, we might become the righteousness of God." (2 Cor 5:21) Jesus did not just pay for sin...he became sin.... This is a deep thought.

This all happened in the moment that he hung on the cross. You see, for all time Jesus and the Father had a perfect, unblemished relationship and line of communication. When Jesus 'became sin', that line was junked up by our sin. God had to metaphorically turn his face from Jesus while Jesus paid the price for our wrongdoing. Youch.

The most painful part of Jesus' torture and death was this moment. The physical pain cannot compare to this spiritual sense of loss of relationship with the father.

Of course the best news is that Jesus rose from the dead, restoring his relationship to the Father and paving the way for us to connect with him. Our sin was transferred to Jesus in those moments on the cross so that we "might become the righteousness of God." How cool is that?