Matthew 27:45-56 45 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. 46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).
47 When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.” 48 Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. 49 The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”
50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split 52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53 They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people. 54 When 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!”
55 Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs. 56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.
St. Matthew Lutheran Church
Observation: It was your darkest hour, Lord Jesus, as the moment of our redemption neared. Your very last utterance before dying was not a victorious declaration, but a question! You, who had known the most intimate relationship with Your heavenly Father, were desolate and alone with Your suffering and simply asked, “Why me? Why this?” And yet, You still called upon the God who was absent, which to me is one of the greatest signs of faith ever. It is okay for me to pray even when You do not feel close; it is not hypocritical to talk to You even when it feels like my prayers hit the ceiling and fall with a thud to the floor.
Action: In my darkest hours, Lord, I know it is okay to be honest with You about how I feel. No matter what, I will keep calling upon You because I know You are there even when I can’t see You or hear Your voice. Keep me faithful through those moments (or months) of despair, with confidence only in Your purposes and not in my understanding of them.