And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “Behold, he is calling Elijah.” And someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.”
Yeshu’s cry was no call for help; but the voice of agonizing utter loss, of darkness, and of separation from his loving Father as never before. He used words of a prophecy that foretold Messiah would suffer just such an agony of abandonment.
The onlookers misunderstood Yeshu’s country dialect.