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Matthew 27:

45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.

46 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?

47 Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias.

48 And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.

49 The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him.

50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.

51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;

52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,

53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

Mark 15:

34 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?

35 And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, said, Behold, he calleth Elias.

36 And one ran and filled a spunge full of vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink, saying, Let alone; let us see whether Elias will come to take him down.

37 And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.

38 And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.


John 19:

28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.

29 Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.

30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

Luke 23:

44 And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.

45 And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.

46 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.

47 Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man.

48 And all the people that came together to that sight, beholding the things which were done, smote their breasts, and returned.

49 And all his acquaintance, and the women that followed him from Galilee, stood afar off, beholding these things.




The darkness at the time of the crucifixion was unusual. This was Passover time, and the Passover is always at the time of the full moon. There cannot be an eclipse of the sun at the time of the full moon. This as some sort of unnatural darkness. There was an eclipse of the sun that year, but it was on November 24th.

To us, darkness is the absence of light. Scientists have discovered that in space there is another kind of darkness, called a dark nebula. It is a darkness with substance, that will not allow light to pass through it. This darkness can be felt, and God sent some of that darkness to the earth for the three hour period. This same kind of darkness afflicted the Egyptians during time of the exodus. A shrine in Egypt says of this darkness that no one "could see the face of those beside them," and that there, at that time, was three days of such darkness.

This darkness startled many, and was written about in historical records for that time also.


Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?


"My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?’

This is a quote from Psalms 22. (Eli, Eli, lamah sabachthani). It could have been better translated as ‘My God, My God, to what sort of persons hast Thou left Me?’

This is a reference to the obstinate nature of the crucifiers. Jesus was astonished at the wickedness of mankind, of the heartless, cruel, uncaring nature of those who had likely killed many in this way. Their minds were uncaring of the pain and suffering which they had put upon these victims. He was feeling saddened by the treatment, by the harshness of their hatred for Him.

Jesus would see someone suffering hunger, blindness, leprosy, lameness, etc. and would immediately be moved with compassion. Yet, here, with pain and suffering, these people were mocking, reviling. Jesus was shocked by this evil. We sometimes are shocked by the evil we see in the world, and even sometimes see in the churches. When death would come to us, we would not want our enemies present to heartlessly mock our suffering pains.

David had been a ‘man after God’s own heart’, and some of his Psalms reveal that David was made privy to the feelings of the Lord Jesus at various times. In Psalms 22, we find revealed much of what Jesus was to feel when He was upon the cross.

Psalm 22:1-31 (KJV)

1 My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me? why art Thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?

2 O my God, I cry in the daytime, but Thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.

3 But Thou art holy, O Thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.


6 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.

7 All they that see Me laugh Me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,

8 He trusted on the LORD that He would deliver Him: let Him deliver Him, seeing He delighted in Him.


13 They gaped upon Me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.

14 I am poured out like water, and all My bones are out of joint: My heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of My bowels.

15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and My tongue cleaveth to My jaws; and Thou hast brought Me into the dust of death.

16 For dogs have compassed Me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed Me: they pierced My hands and My feet.

17 I may tell all My bones: they look and stare upon Me.

18 They part My garments among them, and cast lots upon My vesture.


Jesus was deeply saddened at this abuse, this hatred, this evil in mankind. We too get shocked at the evil in this world. They can mock we Christians for righteousness, and then rape, murder, abort, steal, and blaspheme, with nary a conviction of guilt. We feel trapped in this sinful world, and it hurts.

Psalm 69:20 (KJV)

20 Reproach hath broken My heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.

These words in Psalm 69, are also prophetically given thoughts of Jesus, given long before He said or thought them, to David, a ‘man after God’s own heart.’ David wanted to know and understand the thoughts and feelings of God, and many of his psalms show God’s revelation to him of what God, and Jesus, would be feeling at various times in the future. These words of Jesus at the crucifixion time show a ‘broken heart’ due to the ‘reproach’ that He was suffering from friend and foe.

The words ‘broken heart’ are figurative language. It is not speaking of a literal ‘heart’ that was ‘broken’. The words rather express of one who is suffering deep inside from pain and sorrow over the hurtful deeds of another. One’s life feels shattered, and hence the ‘broken’, one’s love has been rejected, hence the word ‘heart’.

God expresses that He even is brokenhearted due to mankind’s behavior and their unfaithfulness to Him. Jesus was brokenhearted when He came to the night of the betrayal, the arrest, trial, crucifixion, and especially from the disciple who denied Him. God understands brokenness due to the sins of others.

Many of the things we need healed from are due to our own sins. Brokenheartedness is sometimes due only to the sins of another. God was brokenhearted, Jesus was brokenhearted, and neither of them sinned. Yet, the pain of the brokenness is real to them.

When someone is brokenhearted, they feel an inner pain that needs to be healed. The pain is real, though a doctor could never find its scar. The medicines that the world offer, do not heal the broken heart, they dull the mind, they calm the system, but the broken heart, when the medicines wear off, is still there.

When broken in heart, it is constantly upon their minds. Some must find outlets to express their emotions of the broken heart. Others refuse to feel at all, and hide well their hurts. Some will mourn over the hurts. Some will create ways to cope and distract from the hurt. While some will need encouragement on a constant basis, others will need to create other victims to achieve revenge.

Tears are far from uncommon when one is brokenhearted. They flow and should flow, for one is greatly hurt. God sheds tears over those who have forsaken His loving gifts. Jesus wept greatly in Gethsemane at the time Judas was betraying Him for the price of a slave. Crying is not sinful, it is an emotional release that God has designed for us, and for Himself. Someone once said: ‘if someone you love hurts you, cry a river, then build a bridge, and get over it.’ Crying is often the first step in getting over it.

Since Jesus knows first hand what it feels like to have a broken heart, He can also know the steps of healing. Not all who broke the heart of Jesus, then and now, will ever return to repent of their evil to Him, so healing is not dependent upon restoration of the hurting relationship. God wants to work on the heart of the one who is broken and hurting. He can heal that heart, no matter what the perpetrator ever does.

Someone once said, ‘God can heal a broken heart, but He needs all the pieces’. The brokenhearted need to come to Jesus, and lay out all the ‘hurting and shattered pieces’ of their lives, and let God begin to put things back together. Many times, if not most always, restoration of a relationship is not found, for God will not overrule the stubborn will of sinners, who arrogantly hurt Him, or His children. Allowing that relationship that brought so much hurt to go, is not symbolic of ‘weakness’, but it takes a holy strength to let go, and let God heal in another way.

God is close with those that have broken hearts, for He knows their agony and pain. When Jesus asked ‘who do men say that I am’, one of the answers was ‘Jeremiah’, for Jeremiah was the ‘weeping prophet’. Jesus likewise was a ‘weeper’, feeling the pain of the rejection of many, the coming pain of the cross and its perpetrators. God knows what ‘brokenhearted’ means, and has been ‘touched with the feelings of our infirmities.’

Hebrews 4:15-16 (KJV)

15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Therefore, the brokenhearted can find help from the Lord when they turn to Him.

Psalm 34:18 (KJV)

18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

The Lord is ‘nigh’ to the broken of heart. He does save those who come with a humble and contrite heart to Him for such healing.

Psalm 147:3 (KJV)

3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

In these words from the cross, ‘My God, My God, why have these wicked ones done this?’ we find Jesus going to the Father, and expressing His broken heart to Him. He came to God for healing, for these wicked men were speaking harshly to Him, and condemning Him. He felt pain from that rejection, but kept faithful to His love and trust in God. The translation of those words, the common conception of what they meant, is far from their real meaning. We see in Psalm 22, a real love and trust in God the Father, and only brokenness at the mistreatment of the world. It was heartbreaking to have all the people wanting him to die. But Jesus called out to God in humility and God was there to comfort Him.

Whereas, we are sometimes brokenhearted in damaging situations with humans, we now have a divine relationship with a God Who loves us tenderly and completely. We have Jesus Who has also felt brokenhearted.

Hebrews 4:15-16 (KJV)

15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Jesus understands, has felt the same kind of pain as the brokenhearted. He has an answer, He knows how to heal.

Hebrews 7:25 (KJV)

25 Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.

Jesus asks of the brokenhearted, to have ‘faith’ in Him. The brokenhearted need to realize that He will ‘reward’ those who come to Him for their healing.

Hebrews 11:6 (KJV)

6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

There is no need for loneliness, for being in the presence of the Lord makes a difference in the life of the seeker.

Acts 4:13 (KJV)

13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.

God has riches of His glory, ready and prepared to give to the brokenhearted.

Romans 9:23 (KJV)

23 And that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had afore prepared unto glory,

Therefore, the brokenhearted should draw near to God. We can have ‘full assurance’ that He will wash us with ‘pure water’. Hold fast to this healing of your broken heart.

Hebrews 10:22-25 (KJV)

22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed pure water.

23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised[wink]

24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

We can pray for the ‘mountain’ size problem to be healed, and the Lord does answer.

Mark 11:22-24 (KJV)

22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.

23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.


Look in Psalm 69:1-21 (KJV), and notice here, more of the thoughts of Jesus, prophetically revealed, so we can see how He thought, while on the cross. This passage is following the ‘law of double reference’, and speaks a bit of the brokenness of David himself, but with passages inserted that truly speak mostly of the brokenness that Jesus felt upon the cross.

Psalms 69:

1 Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto My soul.

2 I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow Me.

3 I am weary of My crying: My throat is dried: Mine eyes fail while I wait for My God.

4 They that hate Me without a cause are more than the hairs of Mine head: they that would destroy Me, being Mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away.


20 Reproach hath broken My heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.

21 They gave Me also gall for my meat; and in My thirst they gave Me vinegar to drink.

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