About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” – Matthew 27:46
If anyone doubts the veracity of the biblical text, he should look to a sentence such as this. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Matthew recorded (for all eternity) these words of Christ from the cross. Being an ex-tax collector who (it seems) wrote with the purpose of proving that the Jesus the Nazarene was the Messiah (Christ), it would have seemed appropriate for Matthew to have “edited out” this one statement. Seeing that Jesus’ words could be construed as the despairing words of a disillusioned, dying man, why would Matthew include them?
First, Matthew wrote them under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Jesus actually spoke them, and God’s Word is truth without any mixture of error. Second, in His recorded words, we understand the depth of Jesus’ sacrifice. Beyond the physical pain of the cross (which thousands had also suffered in that day) was the anguish of momentary separation between Father and Son over the sin of all mankind, my sin and yours. That’s the truth.
Thank God, it is finished.
To make sure our convictions, views, and assumptions about our Creator stay based on biblical truth and not on popular consensus, we must continually check what we believe against the Scriptures. – Erwin W. Lutzer