First things first – the words I share with you in this post, aside from the introduction, are not my words. These words were taken from the March-April 2013 issue of The Upper Room, a daily devotion publication.
The story of Jesus on the cross calling out “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” has troubled me for years. I wondered why – if he was the Son of God – would he question God, and why would he fear his Father’s plan? I still had faith, but my faith coexisted with questions. Plus, I’ve always struggled with Christians labeling today “Good Friday”, when I consider death to be anything but “good”.
I read these words last night, before I went to sleep. Though I was ready to close my eyes for the day, the message I received was an eye-opener. The writer’s words made sense to me, especially since I was in a similar situation when I was around 7yrs old. I may still bristle a bit at the term “good” Friday, but I understand the thought behind the sentiment.
Why Don’t You Help?
Written by Gavin Campbell
Western Cape, South Africa
“We had just finished a particularly busy Holy Week and Easter weekend when our 15-month-old son was injured. He pulled a tablecloth from a table, and the cloth brought with it a square, rough-cut glass vase that sliced his nose open as it fell. It was a serious cut.
At the hospital, we had to wait six hours for treatment; they had to delay administering anesthesia because he had eaten just before the incident.
When his treatment time came, his mother and I accompanied him into the operating room to keep him calm; but he panicked anyway. As the medical team struggled to hold the mask over his face long enough for the anesthesia to take effect, they bumped his nose, starting the bleeding again.
Blood was everywhere; it even ran back into his eyes. With those blood-filled eyes he looked at us as if asking, “Why are you standing and watching them hurt me like this? Why aren’t you doing something to help me?”
I told him that this was the only way to “make it better”.
Then it dawned on me: God watched Jesus dying on the cross, as Jesus asked, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” But Christ’s death was God’s only way to “make it better”, to heal us and to take away the pain and the penalty of our sin.”