When Jesus was hanging on the cross, He cried out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
What was happening at that moment? I’m sure there was much more than we can imagine. My take:
- Scripture tells us that God laid on Him the sin of the whole world (2 Corinthians 5.21). God is holy, and cannot look upon or accept sin.
- Jesus had lived a life without sin, in perfect communion with His Heavenly Father, because He was God, Himself. That perfect communion was broken because He was covered in sin. He was flesh.
- Jesus asked a question: WHY have You forsaken me? In that flesh, separated from everything holy, Jesus experienced the deepest pits of sin. That sin, at its heart, is the desire to be like God, to make our own decisions, and to decide what is right and wrong. “Why can’t I go to Heaven just like I am? Why do You get to decide to turn away from Me? Why can’t You accept me the way I am?”
- God is holy and just: In His love, He created us to need Him, to be whole only when we are completely dependent on Him. When we decided to turn away from our design, we broke with God and wanted our own rules. Our rules involve sin. Sin is turning away from God. The penalty for sin is death (“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die,” Genesis 2.17 and “The wages of sin is death,” Romans 6.23). Death is separation from God. God is holy and just, and will not tolerate sin in His presence. BUT He loves us so much that He wants to be with us always. He had the perfect plan for perfect creation and redemption.
- God was still present at the cross with Jesus and with everyone else at the scene. Although in agony, Himself, He knew, with Jesus, that It Was Finished: His perfect plan for redemption had come to completion.
- Hebrews 12.2 tells us that Jesus endured the cross, despising the shame, “for the joy that was set before him.” Because He was God, sent from His Father, Jesus knew The Big Picture. He knew the sin of man, knew our need for salvation, knew this was The Way. When Jesus died, God ripped the veil of the Temple from top to bottom (Matthew 27.51), signifying that He had torn the barrier between Himself and us, through the death of his Son.
- It was finished because God deemed us worth it.
- God is perfect, God is love, God is Perfect Love. He loves us perfectly.
- As believers, we have the indwelling Holy Spirit within us, we know what it is to be in His Presence; we have a taste of the comfort, the peace in dependency, the joy of being with God forever. We can only slightly imagine the terror, the agony of being separated from God
Are you separated from God? Do you long for peace in all circumstances – peace that passes all understanding? Call on God. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Know Him. Read His Holy Word. Experience the miracle of the Holy Spirit within you.
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