When Jesus cried out from the cross, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Matthew 27:46), it was not Jesus' imagination that the Father forsook Him, as some people teach. No, at that moment of separation, the sin of humanity rained on Jesus like a funnel cloud, so much so that Jesus experienced hell itself. This moment of desertion was the moment when our sin was heaped upon His holy, sinless body, and for the first time since before eternity, Jesus looked up into heaven and saw His Father as a judge. That is why He did not call Him Abba, He called Him Eloi—my God. He saw God the sovereign, God the judge, God the awesome one.
From cover to cover, the Bible tells us that on the cross Jesus took upon Himself the judgment of everyone who would believe in Him, everyone who would follow Him, everyone who would obey Him. Every human being that has ever lived and will ever live is going to face the judgment of God. The only ones who will escape are those who have accepted the fact that Jesus took their judgment upon Himself in His body on the cross.
Jesus died forsaken so that we may be accepted.
Our Lord Jesus Christ not only bore our sin, He actually became sin. He was never a sinner, but He became sin so that He could save everyone who would come to Him and say, "Forgive me." He died in darkness so that we may live in light. He died in silence so that we may forever have a word from the Lord. He died forsaken so that we may be accepted. He died rejected so that we may be received.
Take time to reflect on the sacrifice Christ made for your salvation.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for bearing my sin on the cross. Thank You for Your sacrifice. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
". . . just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God" (Ephesians 5:2).
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