“Why God? Why did this happen to me?”
How many times have we screamed, demanded, or thought that statement when conflict and tragedy rears its head and causes ripples in our stream of life? If you are made of flesh, bone and have blood in your veins, chances are you have made that statement many times. In general, we as a people are really self-centered, ego driven beasts of burden. Don’t think so? During the course of one day, keep track of the number of conversations you have when you add or change the subject to center around yourself. Here’s an example:
“Bill, are you okay? You look sick.”
“I have a cold. I was up all night.”
“I had a cold once. There was this one time that I blew my nose so hard, blood shot out on my floor. I had to clean that mess up. Man, that was a mess, I tell you.”
I multiplied by four to the infinite power of selfish equals a soul that is in desperate need of the Lord. Here’s a nugget of truth. The Bible is often times distorted by those who wish to take the holy Word of God and use it to justify their behavior. The Gospels teach that Christ spoke seven different saying from the cross. I do not pretend to know what order these were said, but I intend for us to look at His statement that at times confuses the lost and even some Christians. Before we do that, we must address one issue that is connected.
Hollywood and other mediums like music have perversely twisted the issue of God answering prayers. We always see someone in dire straits and then a loved one goes to the chapel and prays, “God, I know I haven’t talked to you in a while, but please save little Billy. I promise to be in church on Sunday.”
Folks need to realize that for lack of a better term, God does not work like that! God does not look upon the sins of man. Understand that it is not that God is not powerful enough, but he chooses not to do so.
Habakkuk 1:13 "You are of purer eyes than to behold evil, and cannot look on wickedness..."
Until a sinner is cleansed by the purity of Christ’s shed blood, God the Father will not look upon and dare I say hear the requests of the person. Conversely, The Word teaches that God inclines his ears to us, the children of God, those who are cleansed by the blood of Christ. Guess what happens to us as Christians a lot of the time. We start to think that we are indeed special. We revert back to the immature phase in our existence when we thought life in general and the orbit of the earth was about us. As Christians we believe that God, Jesus the Son favors us over some other Christian. Yes, God chose the Israelites as the chosen people, but if you look at scripture entirely, you will certainly see as scripture teaches God shows no favoritism. Jesus died for the world as 3:16 says. It does not say, “Jesus died for Billy, Joe and especially Johnny.” With that being the case, let us look at the central scripture.
Matthew 27:46 “My God my God, why have you forsaken me?”
People have two trains of thought on this scripture. The first thought is God abandoned Jesus on the cross. This is absolutely incorrect. The reasons being is number one, Jesus is God and number two, the reason for Christ making the statement is one of the key concepts of salvation. The second train revolves around the statements that have been previously made.
“I’m a Christian and God loves me. I’m his special one and nothing bad will ever happen to me!”
I am guilty of this. I, at times, when confronted with real tragedy, find myself thinking, “God, but this cannot happen to me.” But, wait. Matthew 27:46 is not about being a special person to God. Jesus, although being a part of the Trinity, in order to save the world and intercede for us, had to take our sins. That is the whole reason for His sacrifice. So why did Christ say what He said? First, His statement is a great example of how we are separated from God due to sin. The physical pain from the beatings and the crucifixion were unimaginably painful, but for the Son of God, the separation from the Father I believe was worse than all the physical pain. Secondly, while I am not a theologian per se, but I think Christ did not say those words just so He could hear His own voice. Christ spoke only the words of God the Father. God, after Adam and Eve disobeyed, asked them where they were. See, God will ask questions just so we can fully understand the answers he has already given.
The most important life lesson we can ever learn is not taught in a classroom. We must learn that we need a relationship with Jesus Christ to avoid the pain that He felt on the cross when sin separated Him from God the Father. It may sound redundant to some, but it is truly the only message that needs to be heard by all who do not know. Sin has separated us from the Father. Jesus Christ substituted Himself on the cross to save us and allow us access to God the Father. Once a sinner accepts Christ sacrifice and makes Jesus the Lord in their life, salvation cannot be lost.
John 10:28 “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”