“And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
The Lord Jesus constantly spoke about God in such a way that no one had ever done. He called God Father all the time, and this left the Pharisees so perplexed and angry that they even tried to kill Him for it.
Jesus always spoke from a standpoint of a family relationship with the Father. But then on the cross, for the first time, He says: “My God, my God…”. Was this a mere sudden change in His choice of words?
The writer of Hebrews gives us the reason:
“For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings”.
Christ suffered so that He could be the captain (pioneer, source) of salvation, and by so doing, make it possible for us to become sons of God. On the cross, He took our place so that we can take His place.
He was wounded and forsaken so that we could be adopted. Standing in our place, He could only call the Father ‘God’.
His death was the demonstration of the Father’s love for us. This demonstration of love gave us the right to be called sons of God.
John rightly gives an account of this saying:
“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God…” 1 John 3:1.
The suffering of Christ made room for us. We have received the Spirit of Sonship. No more bondage or fear. Now we cry Abba! Glory to God.