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? (Matthew 27:46)
And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? Which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? (Mark 15:34)
Some Christians believe that the Father forsook Jesus, but some say, no He did not, this they say because of what Luke wrote:
“And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.’’ (Luke 23:46)
I, for one, believe that the Father forsook Jesus.
Notice that only Matthew and Mark recorded Jesus crying “Eli Eli Lama Sabachthani” and none of them recorded Jesus crying “…Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit”.It’s only Luke who recorded it, yet he did not record Him crying “Eli Eli Lama Sabachthani”.
In addition, none of the four Gospels recorded that the Father actually accepted Jesus’ plea. How could He when the Bible records that Jesus went to hell when He died (Ephesians 4:9, Acts 2:27, Colossians 2:15)? It was very possible for Jesus to say what Luke recorded but that does not mean that the Father accepted His plea. Jesus became sin (2Corinthians 5:21), and God does not look upon sin (Habakkuk 1:13), neither does He listen to sinners (John 9:31), therefore it is impossible to suggest that the Father received Jesus.
I believe Luke wrote what he wrote because of his experience with Stephen’s cry before he died in the book of Acts (7:59), “And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit”since he wrote both the book of Luke and Acts. It is also important to point out that he was not there when Jesus was crucified but at least Matthew was.
This is proof that the Father indeed forsook Jesus, since He became sin for us on the cross.
Yes, the Father vindicated Jesus (Acts 2:27) just like how it was written of Him in Psalm 22 but that happened after His triumphal battle with Satan and his cohorts in hell (Colossians 2:15), not while on the Cross (Matthew 28:18).