Wednesday, April 27, 2022
45-46 From noon to three, the whole earth was dark. Around mid-afternoon, Jesus groaned out of the depths, crying loudly, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”
47-49 Some bystanders who heard him said, “He’s calling for Elijah.” One of them ran and got a sponge soaked in sour wine and lifted it on a stick so he could drink. The others joked, “Don’t be in such a hurry. Let’s see if Elijah comes and saves him.”
50 But Jesus, again crying out loudly, breathed his last.
-Matthew 27:45-50 The Message
The Death of Jesus
Verse 45: Now, from the sixth hour, there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour.
Verse 45 study: It’s not clear how darkness happened, but we know that God caused it. Nature testified to Jesus’ gravity in his death, while Jesus’ friends and enemies fell silent in the encircling gloom. The darkness on that Friday afternoon was both a physical and spiritual experience.
Verse 46: 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?”
Verse 46 study: Jesus quoted the first line of Psalm 22. He was not questioning God. Instead, a profound expression of the anguish he felt when he took on the world’s sins, which caused him to be separated from his Father.
Verse 47: And some of the bystanders, hearing it, said, “This man is calling Elijah.”
Verse 47 study: The bystanders misunderstood Jesus’ words and thought he called out to Elijah. Elijah ascended into heaven without dying. They believed he would return again to rescue them from trouble. At the annual Passover feast, each family set an extra place at the table for Elijah for his return.
11 And as they still went on and talked, behold, chariots of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. -2 Kings 2:11 ESV 5 “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes." -Malachi 4:5 ESV
Verse 48: 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.
Verse 49: But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.”
Verse 50: And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.