Q: Why did Jesus utter those words on the cross?
Mt 27:46 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?”).
An interesting Question: why did Jesus utter those prophetic words? It has taken me some years to come to this conclusion, which is summed up in Paul’s statement in
2 Corinthians 5:21:
2Co 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
The death that Jesus suffered for us was no ordinary death. He suffered the wages of sin, which is the second death (see Rev. 20:6, 14, 21;8).
That is: complete separation from his Father. And those who suffer the second death (wicked) will suffer the same fate, complete separation from God for eternity.
Sin is so abhorrent to God that for the first time in the realms of eternity, while Jesus hung on that cross His Father turned his face away from Him. Jesus felt the agony of being made sin for us as the weight of the world’s sin was crushing out his life. And in that agonizing moment, he experienced that complete separation from His Father.
.Jesus’ mission was to come and to seek and to save that which was lost. The last words that Jesus spoke was: “It is finished”. On that cross he accomplished the salvation of mankind, and now the forgiveness of sins is offered to all who accept and believe in Jesus. Amen.