Monday, February 07, 2011
"Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice,...."
"...saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” -Matthew 27:45-46
Our Savior drank the cup His Father gave Him. A cup He asked the Father to remove. It was a full cup, which included the wrath of God against the sin of the world. It was full of spiritual suffering, and excruciating physical pain as well. No other man could endure this calling. Only the Son of God. The Father forsook His Son. Jesus cried these holy words, and they were full of pain, and love.
Jesus, as the Man, the sinless Man, and the spotless Lamb, was forsaken. As God, which He was the eternal Son, He was always within the Triune Person-hood of God.
As the spotless Lamb, when He bore the sin of the world, Jesus did drink a cup that He need not have drank, but did for His Father, and for us He was forsaken. -Me
Here are two quotes from JC Ryle & David Brown:
“There is a deep mystery in these words,…They were meant to show how truly and literally He was our substitute, was made sin, and a curse for us, and endured God’s righteous anger against a world’s sin in His own person. At that awful moment, the iniquity of us all was laid upon Him to the uttermost. It pleased the Lord to bruise Him, and put Him to grief. (Isaiah liii. 10.) He bore our sins. He carried our transgressions. Heavy must have been that burden, real and literal must have been our Lord’s substitution for us, when he, the eternal Son of God, could speak of Himself as for a time “forsaken.”
Let the expression sink down deep into our hearts, and not be forgotten. We can have no stronger proof of the sinfulness of sin, or of the vicarious nature of Christ’s sufferings, than His cry, “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken Me?” It is a cry that should stir us up to hate sin, and encourage us to trust in Christ.”-JC Ryle
“Father" was the cry in the first prayer which He uttered on the Cross: for matters had not then come to their worst; “Father” was the cry of His last prayer; for matters had then past their worst. But at this crisis of His sufferings “Father” does not issue from His lips, for the light of a Father’s countenance was then mysteriously eclipsed. He falls back, however, on a title expressive of His official relation, which, though more distant in itself, yet when grasped in pure and naked faith, was mighty in its claims, and rich in psalmodic associations–”My God.” And what deep earnestness is conveyed by the redoubling of this title! But as for the cry itself it will never be fully comprehended.” -David Brown