Luke 23:13-56 Vicki Baker

“My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?”

 Anyone who spends time around children is going to hear the phrase, “That’s not fair!” The declaration is usually colored by a touch of indignation. The typical adult response is, “Life’s not fair!” While the rejoinder is accurate, it does little to alleviate the student’s feeling of frustration.

According to dictionary.com, “fair” means ”free from bias, dishonesty, or injustice.” While we may aspire to have a social order that maintains such a pure standard of thought and action, the reality is that such a utopia does not exist. We propagate prejudices in our society by transmitting our perceptions of individuals and groups of people based on stereotypes or our own experiences.

The scripture passage, Luke 23:13-56, is replete with “that’s not fair” events. First, Barabbus, a convict who is actually guilty of the very things of which Jesus is accused, is exonerated and released, while Jesus remains in custody. While Pilate declared, “I find no fault in this man,” he condemned him to die. Then, Simon from Cyrene, who had just returned home from a journey, was conscripted to carry Jesus’s cross to Calvary. As Jesus hung on the cross and said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing,” He continued to be tormented, mocked, and insulted. Ultimately, He died for the sins of all.

During this time of Lent, rather than focusing on the things in our lives that we feel “are not fair,” let us turn our attention to the model Jesus set for us. Although He was sinless, He withstood the tortuous death on the cross to offer us forgiveness for our many sins. Those things we encounter in life that seem unfair pale in comparison with Christ’s sacrifice.

God, during the times in our lives when we feel unfairly persecuted, tormented, and attacked, remind us that You are always with us, and have not forsaken us. Thank you for your unconditional love and for being omnipresent in our lives.

Prayer: For all who feel forsaken by God