以利！拉馬撒巴各大尼？」就是說：「我的 神！我的 神！為甚麼離棄
If possible, read the whole chapter to see the full picture of what is happening here.
Then focus on the following section:
45From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land. 46About
the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi lama sabachthani?”—
which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 47When some of
those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.” 48Immediately one
of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and
offered it to Jesus to drink. 49The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah
comes to save him.” 50And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave
up his spirit. 51At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top
to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. 52The tombs broke open and the
bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53They came out of
the tombs, and after Jesus’ resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to
many people. 54When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus
saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed,
“Surely he was the Son of God!”
1. The central event of Christian faith is the incredible humiliation of our God. His
own people demanded his death, his friends deserted him. And now even his
loving Father has turned away.
2. Spend time wrestling with why the Almighty God would choose such a path.
Reread Jesus’ own words a few times to get closer to his experience.
3. What wells up inside you as you meditate on Jesus’ death? Tell Jesus about what
surfaces inside you. Read the passage again if needed. Allow yourself to sink
into the event deeply, being aware of your reaction and talking to Jesus about it.
4. Find a place to be silent. For example, walk in a quiet place or sit in an empty
church sanctuary. Continue meditate on Jesus’ sacrifice for you, and then wait
for what He would have you receive from Him.
Prayer & Journaling:
On your prayer journal, as you listen to God, write down a few thoughts, questions,
words, names, drawings, or anything that has come to your mind during this time.
Proverbs for Today: Prov 4:10-12
Disicuss the meaning of the veil of the temple being split in two. No longer must
persons go through a priest to talk to God. Jesus’ death on the cross made him
our intercessor. Have a time of prayer, encouraging each to thank God for Jesus,
whose death on the cross allows us to come to God with our requests.