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Not Forsaken

Good Friday

Illustration by vitanovski • Fotolia


What can I say about Good Friday that hasn’t already been said?

I suppose I could go on about how I was assigned to read Matthew 27:39–46 in worship, so I spent a chunk of Thursday learning to pronounce the Hebrew part. Or I could just give you this link to “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani,” as pronounced by a couple of Israeli women.

I guess I’ll just point out, in case anyone didn’t already know, that this phrase of Jesus is a quotation—it’s the first line of Psalm 22. As if he was telling his followers, “This is already written. Go look it up.”


All the ends of the earth
will remember and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations
will bow down before him,
for dominion belongs to the Lord
and he rules over the nations.

All the rich of the earth will feast and worship;
all who go down to the dust will kneel before him—
those who cannot keep themselves alive.
Posterity will serve him;
future generations will be told about the Lord.
They will proclaim his righteousness,
declaring to a people yet unborn:
He has done it!

—Psalm 22:27–31

About Kristen Stieffel

Kristen Stieffel is a writer and freelance editor specializing in speculative fiction. She's a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, Christian Editor Connection, and American Christian Fiction Writers.

One comment on “Not Forsaken

  1. He became a curse in our place. No wonder He cried out those words. God bless you for reminding us.

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