“My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?”

Matthew 27:46

46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Elder Richard G. Scott said:

“[Jesus] had to endure the vicious attack of Satan’s hordes while physically and emotionally pressed to the limit. Then, for reasons we do not fully know, while at the extremity of His capacity, at the time the Savior most needed succor, His Father allowed Him to shoulder the onerous responsibility [of the Atonement] with only His own strength and capacity.

“I try to imagine what an intensely poignant moment it must have been for our Father in Heaven when the Savior cried out from the cross, ‘My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?’ (Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34). I don’t believe Father in Heaven forsook His Son on the cross. I do believe the cry was motivated when that Son felt removed the sustaining support He had always enjoyed from His Father. His Father recognized that the Savior needed to accomplish the Atonement totally and completely on His own, without external support. The Father did not abandon His Son. He made it possible for His perfect Son to win the eternal fruits of the Atonement.”

(“He Lives! All Glory to His Name!” Ensign or Liahona, May 2010, 77.)

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