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Date: September 27

Category: New Life in God

Mark 15:34
"And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? – which means, My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me [deserting Me and leaving Me helpless and abandoned]?

Slobodan & Ljiljana KrstevskiWhen I visited Israel, I went to the place where Jesus was crucified. While I was there, I wanted to spend as much time there as I could and soak in as much as I could about Christ's sacrifice for me. What Jesus did for all humanity was truly a wonderful thing. It says here that Jesus cried out at the ninth hour. That would be about three o'clock in the afternoon, during the hottest period of the day. So Jesus hung on the cross in the heat, with a crown of thorns around His head, with spit on His face, beaten up, bruised, and physically exhausted. At this time, everyone who was close to Him had left Him.

It says in chapter 14:50, "Then [His disciples], forsaking Him, fled, all [of them]." His disciples, His closest friends, who spent three years with Him, left Him at the darkest hour of His life. He was left abandoned and alone. Not only did His closest friends leave Him, but also the religious establishments and political forces of the time ridiculed Him. It says in chapter 14:65, "And some of them began to spit on Him and to blindfold Him and to strike Him with their fists, saying to Him, Prophesy! And the guards received Him with blows and by slapping Him." Then we read in chapter 15:29-30, "And those who passed by kept reviling Him and reproaching Him abusively in harsh and insolent language, wagging their heads and saying, Aha! You Who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, now rescue Yourself [from death], coming down from the cross!"

This was a very dark time for Jesus and He had to bear it all alone. We can sometimes experience the same feeling in our own circumstances as well. Sometimes we may be going through the darkest moments in our lives and find that everyone close to us has deserted us, just as Jesus was disserted or that people have begun to ridicule us, just as Jesus was ridiculed. But while Jesus was on the cross, He experienced something that you and I don't ever need to experience. He paid the penalty for all our sins. If you and I accept Him as our personal Lord and Savior, then we will never have to experience the abandonment by God, the very thing that Jesus experienced temporarily. But on the other hand, if we refuse to accept Him, then we will have to experience the abandonment by God for all eternity.

That is what we read about in verse 34. "And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? – which means My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me [deserting Me and leaving Me helpless and abandoned]?" Not only was Jesus forsaken by His disciples, not only was He forsaken by the religious establishments of that time, but He was also forsaken by His Heavenly Father.

At that moment that Jesus was hanging on the cross, the sin of the entire world was poured onto Him. All the sins of everyone who was ever born or will be born were laid upon Jesus. So God the Father, in all His holiness, couldn't look down at Jesus. The Father had to curse Jesus and desert Him. So the Father had to forsake Jesus because Jesus had to pay the penalty for all our sins. There would have been no forgiveness of our sins without the shedding of the blood of this righteous man, the Lord Jesus Christ (Hebrews 9:22). Even though you and I deserved to be punished for our sins, Jesus took the punishment for us.

In Galatians 3:13 we read, "Christ purchased our freedom [redeeming us] from the curse (doom) of the Law [and its condemnation] by [Himself] becoming a curse for us, for it is written [in the Scriptures], Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree (is crucified)." So now because of what Jesus has done on the cross of Calvary, the curse has been removed from us. But not only that, the blessing has also been given to us as well. The following verse says, "To the end that through [their receiving] Christ Jesus, the blessing [promised] to Abraham might come upon the Gentiles, so that we through faith might [all] receive [the realization of] the promise of the [Holy] Spirit."

Jesus did a wonderful thing for all of humanity. He experienced being abandoned, deserted, and rejected by everyone including the Father. He did this so that you and I, who have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, would never have to experience being abandoned, deserted, or rejected by God. But if we reject Christ, then God the Father will reject us. That's why 2 Corinthians 6:2c says, "Behold, now is the day of salvation!"

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