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Question and Answer

Was Jesus surprised by the crucifixion, and did He believe that God had abandoned Him? The question is based on His cry of despair, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Matt. 27:46).

Certainly, before the crucifixion Jesus knew all that would transpire. But perhaps the actual experience was more intense than He had anticipated. Suffering prepared Him for His role as our great High Priest (Heb. 4:14-16).

Bible students make two statements about His cry of anguish. First, it is taken from Psalm 22. That messianic psalm (a psalm abut the Messiah) begins with the very words Jesus articulated on the cross: "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Second, Jesus may have intended to draw attention to the psalm, to make the connection between its words and His identity. Additionally, I think the cry was wrung from Him as He experienced the awful cost of being the sin-bearer of sinful humanity-from Adam to the last human being to be born.

BY C. Donald Cole

C. DONALD COLE hosted Moody Radio‚Äôs Open Line for 26 years before retiring in 2008. Before joining the team at the Moody Bible Institute in 1971, Pastor Cole and his wife, Naomi, served the Lord as missionaries in Angola from 1948 until 1966. Pastor Cole then served as a faculty member of Emmaus Bible College of Dubuque and as editor of Interest magazine.

Pastor Cole authored several books, and was married to his wife Naomi for 65 years before he went home to the Lord in 2012.

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