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We are a Resurrection People: Crucified
At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 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?”).
When some of those standing near heard this, they said, “Listen, he’s calling Elijah.”
Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said.
With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.
The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died,he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”
Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph,and Salome. In Galilee these women had followed him and cared for his needs. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there.
Questions for Reflection
- Read Psalm 22 in its entirety. Why do you think that after all the suffering Jesus experienced when He was flogged (Mark 15:15) He had his mind on Psalm 22? Have you ever suffered tremendous pain? If so, what went through your mind? How is this different than Jesus' final hour?
- God loves us dearly! God desires relationship with us! From what you know about true love and healthy relationships, do you think that God hurts when you hurt? Why or why not? Jesus showed plenty of emotion (e.g. John 11:33-35 and Luke 19:41). Does this suggest that God has emotions when his children suffer? Is this comforting for you? Read Psalm 145:18-19.