About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). (Matthew 27:46 NIV)
For those of us who have uttered similar words, it’s good to know that we’re not alone. Jesus, the Son of God, asked “Why?” when He felt forsaken by God while carrying the weight of our sin on His shoulders. It was our sin that made God turn away from His Son, but it was also in that moment that God began to turn His face toward us, “At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom” (Matthew 27:51). The barrier was removed and we, too, could come closer to God because Jesus made a way. God doesn’t give up on the people He has made even though sin separates us from Him. He found a way to find us and bring us back to Himself. So, no, we are not forsaken because in abandoning His only Son, God was drawing closer to us.