Three Days till Easter – A Word of Abandonment

Three days to go. And three more sayings to consider. Today’s word is a word of abandonment. Look at Matthew 27:46 (see also Mark 15:34).

45 From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land. 46 About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”—which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

Jesus spoke a word of abandonment when he cried out, ‘My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?’ He didn’t say this because he wasn’t sure of the answer. This wasn’t really a question. Jesus knew exactly why his Father had turned his back on him. But he wanted others to ponder the issue. He quoted Psalm 22:1 because it was particularly apt. He had literally ‘become sin’ and His Father could no longer look upon something as grotesque and hideous as human wickedness. Our sin had been laid upon him who ‘knew no sin’. He became damnable evil. And so Jesus was cursed by his Father at the cross. He faced the just judgment of God upon human sin. And those words from Psalm 22 expressed that experience perfectly. Human sin brought Jesus Christ divine abandonment. It was utterly undeserved.  And so, in these words we see that Jesus bore the condemnation that we as sinners deserve. They remind us that Jesus’ death was substitutionary.

Therefore, will we accept that Jesus has faced his Father’s wrath or will we face it ourselves?

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