Reading: Mark 15

33 At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 34 And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?’ (which means ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’).

For our sake he cried on the cross: "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" Now we know that there is no longer any suffering on earth in which Christ will not be with us, suffering with us and praying with us — Christ the only helper.


The resurrection of Jesus Christ is Gods yes to Christ and his atoning work.

The cross was the end, the death of the Son of God, curse and judgment over all flesh. If the cross were the last word about Jesus, then the world would be with­out hope and lost in death and damnation. The world would have won the victory over God. But God, who alone achieved our salvation, awakened Christ from the dead. That was the new beginning that followed the end like a miracle from above, not according to a fixed law like spring, but out of the incomparable freedom and power of God, which smashes death.

The Son gains back his eternal divine glory; the Father has his Son again. Thus is Jesus confirmed and glorified as the Christ of God, which he was from the begin­ning. In this way, however, the vicarious atoning work of Jesus Christ is also acknowledged and accepted by God. On the cross Jesus had called out his cry of despair (Mark 15:34) and then com­mended himself into the hands of his Father, who was to make out of Jesus and his work whatever God wanted.

In the resurrection of Christ, it became certain that God had said yes to his Son and his Son’s work.