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Submitted by kid bertha (United States), Feb 24, 2009 at 10:19

The following is a commentary on scripture regarding the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross.

The Cry of Christ (Matthew 27:46)

"About the ninth hour [three in the afternoon] Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli [Hebrew], lama sabachthani [Aramaic] that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"

The people knew Jesus was quoting Psalm 22:1. The Jews knew it well because they had no doubt chanted it, recited it, and memorized it. Even those Jews who spoke predominantly Aramaic and knew little Hebrew knew Eli, Eli referred to God because El was the name for God.

This is a miracle in reverse--a supernatural event beyond human understanding--for God is separated from God. God the Father turns His back on God the Son. Tradition says Martin Luther went into seclusion to try to understand this mystery, but came out more confused than when he began. I can relate. After experiencing the fury of God, Jesus cries out as He is separated from God.

1. The explanation of the separation

Why was Jesus separated from God?

a

Habakkuk 1:13 says this about God: "Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity." God turned His back on Jesus because He can't look on sin. What does that tell us about the cross? That Jesus actually became sin for us (2 Cor. 5:21). If this was the death of a loving martyr, of an innocent person who had a good cause, God would have looked on Him with favor. But when He turned His back on Jesus, He was confirming that Christ was bearing our sin.

b) The testimony of Scripture

Isaiah 53:5 says, "He was wounded for our transgressions." Romans 4:25 says He was "delivered for our offenses." First Corinthians 15:3 says, "Christ died for our sins." First Peter 2:24 says Christ "bore our sins in his own body on the tree." First Peter 3:18 says, "Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust." First John 4:10 says God "sent his Son to be the propitiation [atonement] for our sins." Galatians 3:13 says Christ was "made a curse for us." And 2 Corinthians 5:21 says God "made him, who knew no sin, to be sin for us."

Christ didn't just bear sin; He became sin. He bore all the sins of all people of all ages. Thus Hebrews 2:9 says He "tasted death for every man." That's why He came to earth. In Matthew 20:28 says, "The Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many." God forsook Christ because He cannot look on sin.

2. The essence of the separation

What kind of separation did Jesus experience? He wasn't separated from His divine nature--He didn't cease to be God or He would have ceased to exist. He was not separated from the Trinity in essence or substance, but He was separated in terms of intimate fellowship and communion. When a child sins against his father, he does not cease to be his father's child. However He does cease to know the intimacy of loving communion with him on account of the sin. In the same way God had to turn His back on Christ.

a) At the incarnation

When Christ first came into the world, He experienced a certain separation from God. Philippians 2:6-7 says Jesus "did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond servant" (NASB). When Christ became incarnate, He let go of some of His equality with God. Jesus asked His Father to restore the glory He had with Him before the world began (John 17:5).

b

On the cross Jesus experienced an even more profound separation--the separation of utter sinfulness. When God turned His back on Jesus Christ, He was turning from sin and not from Christ. God will always turn His back on sin.

(1) Christ's hatred of sin

Jesus bore the weight of all the sin of all the ages, yet He Himself was never a sinner. In the midst of being engulfed in all that sin, He never had a desire for it. He hated it.

(2) Christ's longing for God

Jesus expressed His longing in these words: "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" What did Jesus long for? God. Therein lies the evidence of His pure spirit--a purity He maintained. Soon after that He said, "It is finished" (John 19:30). Then He said, "Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit" (Luke 23:46). Jesus said that knowing full well God would accept Him. Even though He bore sin, He never became a sinner. That is why the writer of Hebrews said He is "yet without sin" (Heb. 4:15). He was made sin, but He did not sin--that is a great paradox of the Christian faith.

The second miracle that occurred on the cross was the Father's turning His back on the Son. What does that teach us? That Christ became sin as He bore the sins of man.

I pray you would admit to yourself and to GOD that you are a sinner. We all are sinners in the eyes of the Lord God. Please repent of your sins and ask for Christ Jesus to be your saviour and guide in life on earth. Your eternal destiny depends on yoor acceptance of Christ as Lord and redeemer.

John 3: 16"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,a]">[a] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.b]">[b] 19This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God."c]">[c]

Peace be to you, your brother in Christ

) At the cross
) The testimony of the Father
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