Vance Pitman

Why Have You Forsaken Me?

The Lord's Supper 2021
Mar 28, 2021
MATTHEW 27:45-54

In this message, Pastor Vance leads us in the Lord’s Supper by teaching from a powerful passage of scripture about Jesus dying on the cross.

Sermon Notes

Why Have You Forsaken Me?


MATTHEW 27:45-54


 


Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” And some of the bystanders, hearing it, said, “This man is calling Elijah.” And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine, and put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink. But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.” And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.


And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many. When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!” – Matthew 27:45-54


 



  1. THERE WAS AN UNUSUAL DARKNESS


 


“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” – 2 Cor. 5:21


 


“What transpired between God the Father and God the Son during those three hours of darkness was not intended for fallen mane to see…Jesus was being judged for the sins of fallen man.” – Dr. David Skinner


 



  1. THERE WAS AN UNEXPECTED QUESTION


 


“It would be useless to pretend to fathom all the depth of meaning which these words contain.” – J.C. Ryle


 


Romans 6:23a “For the wages of sin is death…”


 


“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest. Yet you are holy…” – Psalm 22:1-3a


 


“God’s holy character could not do less than judge sin even though it be found on Christ Himself. At the cross then God’s justice was satisfied and His holiness vindicated.” – A.W. Pink


 


III. THERE WERE SEVERAL UNEXPLAINED EVENTS


 


Maddua


Lamma


 


“… the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom” v.51a


 


“The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.” – Matthew 27:52-53


 


“When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!” – Matthew 27:54


 


“Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.” – 1 Cor. 11:28

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