Mark 15:33 When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 34 At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
This idea of darkness reminds us of Isaiah 60:2 “For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you.” The darkness covered the earth in the time that Jesus was dying, but this was a foreshadowing of the coming glory of the Lord.
Within a few hours Jesus cried out a Psalm of lament. In his pain and suffering he only spoke the very first line, a type of reference point for all those who were listening in. This is a Psalm of lament, and so we listen to the whole passage to be able to understand the context for Jesus’ words:
Psalm 22: 1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning? 2 O m…