“And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?" (which means "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"). ~Matthew 15:34 (New International Version).
What does this mean? Did Yeshua doubt that God was with him? Did he, in his excruciating pain, lose the knowingness of God? Hardly! He was quoting a Psalm of David; Psalm 22. According to Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary: “But, Why hast thou forsaken me? is the language of a heart binding up its happiness in God's favour. This must be applied to Christ. In the first wordsof this complaint, he poured out his soul before God when he was upon the cross, Mt 27:46. Being truly man, Christ felt a natural unwillingness to pass through such great sorrows, yet his zeal and love prevailed. Christ declared the holiness of God, his heavenly Father.”
Read the transformation in Psalm 22 of the Psalmist from doubt to worry to fear; from anguish to personal disdain; from being scorned to being despised. Despite all of the behavior of the world of people lacking in awareness of Divine love, in Verse 8, the solution to this personal dilemma is summed up: “He trusts in the LORD.”
What is trust? Is it believing so much in something that you ultimately know the outcome before it happens? Did Yeshua know the outcomeof his death on the cross? Verse 31 sums it up: “They will proclaim his righteousness, declaring to a people yet unborn: He has done it!” Living is righteousness is a personal choice to follow the Golden Rule. “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” ~Matthew 7:12 (King James Bible).
Grace is a gift of God and righteousness is a choice to be ‘like’ God. It doesn’t mean that you look to your brother and sister with disdain for their behaviors; it means that you make a ‘personal choice’ to act in a Godlike manner. To live in Divine love and share that love with all. Psalm 22 shows our journey in life from the pit of despair to the triumphant conclusion of “He/She has done it.”
Move toward the perfection of Divine love and away from the imperfection of your ego. See the truth in that which is already within you more than what others believe or proclaim. Be ye therefore perfect! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D. (Spirituality Guidance Channel)