When we’re going through hard times, it’s easy to question God’s love for us. I can’t imagine what it felt like for Jesus when the people around His cross began to taunt him, insisting that God didn’t care about Him:
41 So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, 42 “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. 43 He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” 44 And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way.
When even the robbers crucified next to you are mocking you, how can you escape from the conclusion that God doesn’t love you? The hurt and shame must have been unbearable for Jesus. I think that if I saw Him on the cross like the mockers did, I might agree with them that God didn’t want to deliver Jesus and God didn’t desire Him. “Where is your God?” I might ask Him (Psalm 42:10).
So it’s no wonder Jesus cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46). When God turned His back on Jesus Christ, our Savior experienced shame, anguish, and suffering that we will never face.