Jesus’ words from the cross, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani,” have confused Bible students for years. Sadly, many of them think that Jesus either was, or thought he was, forsaken by God. In this teaching, John Schoenheit sets forth the real reason why Jesus spoke those powerful words: he was quoting from Psalm 22, and thus pointing people to the clearest portrayal of the crucifixion in Scripture. With his dying breaths, Jesus was trying to tell Israel, and the world, that he was the Messiah, so that they could be saved through believing in him. What an amazing display of stamina, concentration, courage, and love!