Psalm 22:1 (KJV) “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?”
Matthew 27:46 (KJV) “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?“
The pain and suffering that Jesus endured on the cross for you and I was unimaginable but I don’t think it was the worst pain that He felt. We can’t imagine the communion that Jesus had with our Heavenly Father and the communion that our Heavenly Father had with Jesus. But at that moment, when Jesus became our sin, that communion was broken. I don’t think we will ever understand what that pain was, that separation, at least not while we are here on earth in our fleshly bodies. The emotions that we would feel inside, if we had to turn away from our child, in their moment of greatest need, would not even come close to what Jesus felt and what our heavenly Father also felt. But it had to be so. It was why Jesus came to earth.
Isaiah 6:8 (NIV) reads: “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
The prophet Isaiah says this about the Messiah: “Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:4–5). Jesus redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us (Galatians 3:13).
He was made a sin-offering, and He died in our place, on our account, that He might bring us near to God. The suffering He endured was due to us, and it is that suffering by which we can be saved from eternal death.
Matthew 10:32-33 (KJV) reads: “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.“
When someone denies who Jesus is and what He did for us on that cross, this is what they deny or reject:
To reject means: to refuse to believe, accept, or consider.
- they deny or reject the sin-offering that God the Father provided;
- they deny or reject the sacrifice of His life that Jesus willingly gave for us all;
- they deny or reject the worth of the pain Jesus was willing to bear for us all;
- they deny or reject the worth of the separation that God endured for us all.
Matthew 12:37 (NIV) reads “For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
I know that many of us have loved ones who are not Christian. Pray for them, continually, it isn’t over until God says it is over. As long as they are breathing, there is hope. Psalm 34:15 “The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their cry.”
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!