Scripture – Psalm 22:1-2 & 27-31

 

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer; and by night, but find no rest.

 

All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord; and all the families of the nations shall worship before him. For dominion belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations.


To him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down; before him shall bow all who go down to the dust, and I shall live for him.
 

Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord, and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn, saying that he has done it.

 

Sermon – “My God, why have you forsaken me”

 

START

 

Before Jesus cried out on the cross, Psalm 22 had been written and starts “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

 

Traditional view that Jesus felt abandoned on the cross as he cried, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

 

Psalms were the hymn book of the Jewish Temple. At that time they weren’t numbered. The 23rd Psalm would have been called, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” You see this same idea in the back of the Methodist Hymnal, which usually gives the beginning verse. “Amazing Grace” is listed as “Amazing Grace! How sweet the sound.” What we now call Psalm 22 would have been called “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me” because that is the opening verse of the Psalm.

 

  1. Did Jesus, who knew everything that would happen to himself, feel abandoned?

 

  1. Was Jesus looking at his family and friends, who were in despair, and telling them to remember the Psalm or song in which someone felt despair?

 

Psalm 22 starts off in despair, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me”; but it ends with celebration. “All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord; and all the families of the nations shall worship before him. For dominion belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations. To him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down; before him shall bow all who go down to the dust, and I shall live for him. Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord, and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn, saying that he has done it.”

 

He is telling his followers not to despair, because it won’t end with his crucifixion. His crucifixion will be followed by his resurrection! Don’t despair, trust in God!”

 

  1. Is Jesus telling his family and friends that they feel despair now, but they will soon be celebrating?

 

  1. Is Jesus looking towards the joy they will feel when God is victorious through Christ’s resurrection?

 

  1. Is Jesus saying, “Praise the Lord, even in your despair?”

 

When 911 happened in 2001 there was a national - My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Psalm 22 says that God will make something good out of what gives us despair.

 

  1. What greater good came from 911?

 

  1. Is the greater good still waiting to happen?

 

There is a lot of pain and despair in this community. How does God plan to take that despair and create a halleluiah?

 

  1. What is the pain, suffering, and grief in our community?

 

  1. How can we allow God to work through us to change the “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me into a community halleluiah!

 

As Christians we have to ask ourselves the question; “Does Jesus Christ matter in this life, or is he just an insurance policy for when we die and want to go to heaven?”

 

The people who started this church felt a need for a church, a part of the Body of Christ, to be in this community. The people who started this church believed that Jesus matters in this life or they wouldn’t have started a church. Because that is who we are if we are truly servants through Red Bank United Methodist.

 

  1. What do we believe?

 

  1. Are we willing to be God’s instrument to relieve the pain?

 

How is your pain, suffering, and grief?

 

  1. Does Jesus matter in your pain?

 

  1. Are you able to see God with you in your pain?