Word of Anguish

Word of Anguish Matthew 27:46

The crucifixion of The Lord of Glory was the most extraordinary event to ever happen on earth. The Son of Man crucified on a cross. Innocence was condemned. The Guiltless persecuted.

It is bad when a man is forsaken by his friends. It is tragic when a woman is abandoned by her husband. It is detestable when a child is deserted by its parents. The most frightful of all is when a man is forsaken of God.

For The Lord to hide His face from us but for a moment is unbearable. For 33 years the Son of Man had been on earth enjoying unbroken communion with the Father. Now He is FORSAKEN of God! God hides His face from Him.

The soldiers cruelly mocked Him.
Jesus was arrayed with the crown of thrones
Jesus was scourged and beaten
Jesus was spit upon
Jesus was stripped naked and put to open shame
Jesus had His beard plucked out
Yet He suffered in silence through all of this! Pierced His hands and His feet. Taunted Him. Yet He opened not His mouth.

But now He cries: “MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAST THOU FORSAKEN ME?” Jesus is abandoned by God.

I. Take a look at the awfulness of sin and the character of its wages.

The Lord Jesus was crucified at mid-day. Sin was revealed in the Light of Calvary. The immorality of the human heart is open for all to see. With it’s hatred of God, it’s ingratitude and it’s love for sin rather than Jesus. Isn’t it time for you to fall in love with Jesus?

The wages of sin is death. Physical death {separation of body from God} and Spiritual death {separation of soul and spirit from God}.

Now on the cross The Lord Jesus was receiving the wages which were due His people. ‘ALL WHO RECEIVE JESUS WILL ENTER HEAVEN. THOSE WHO REJECT JESUS ARE WICKED. CHRIST WILL SAY, DEPART FROM ME.’ THE WICKED ARE CAST INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE, EVERLASTING SEPARATION FROM THE LORD OF LIFE.

II. Take a look at the absolute holiness and justice of God.

Calvary must be viewed from at least 4 different viewpoints.

At the Cross Man did a work. [infant, rejection, nailing]
At the Cross Satan did a work. [enters the heart of man]
At the Cross Jesus did a work. [Paid the sin debt.]
At the Cross God did a work. Judged sin. Holiness of God revealed.

So holy is God that:
mortal man cannot look on Him
the very heavens are not clean in his sight
Abraham stood before Him and cried, ‘I am but dust…’
Job said, ‘I abhor {despise} myself.’
Isaiah said, ‘Woe is me! for I am undone for my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of host.’

It is because the Savior was bearing our sins that God could not look upon Him, forsook Him.

Q. My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me? See: Psalm 22

When Jesus was forsaken, the earth quaked, the land was covered in darkness. Calvary, the place of the skull where Christ Jesus was lifted up.

The veil was torn from top to bottom, tombs opened, bodies of holy ones raised!

III. Take a look at the explanation of Gethsemane

Our blessed Lord Jesus from earliest infancy had suffered from man, from the beginning of His public ministry from satan, but at the cross, He was to suffer at the Hand of God. It was this which overshadowed everything else. In Gethsemane He entered the gloom of the three hours of darkness on the Cross.

We don’t have a clue to what it would be like to be forsaken of God. We take God for granted. Give Him little or no thought as we go through our daily routines.

IV. Take a look at the Savior’s unswerving fidelity {loyalty} to God.

Forsaken = to leave helpless All Jesus had left was God’s promise and His own faith in God.This was a cry of distress, not distrust.

V. Take a look at the basis of our salvation

God is Holy and therefore will not look on sin. {Hebrews 1:13} God is Just and therefore must judge sin wherever it is found. However, God is also Love.

At the cross all our sins were laid upon Jesus and therefore Divine judgment also. Sin & it’s punishment were transferred to Jesus.

VI. Take a look at the supreme evidence of Christ’ love for us.

Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. [John 15:13] We can only understand the magnitude of Christ’ love for us as we measure it against God’s wrath.

VII. Take a look at the destruction of the ‘larger hope.’

What is the ‘larger hope?’ It is the attitude that says ‘there must be another way.”

This cry of Jesus is the fore telling of a lost person’s cry. In hell s/he will cry, ‘my God, My God, why have you forsaken me?’ God would have already said, “I never knew you.”

Resource: Arthur W. Pink, Seven Sayings of Jesus from the Cross

Until next time,

Hoss

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About Hoss

Married w/ 1 daughter & 3 step-children . Ordained minister. I do supply preaching every opportunity I get. Currently employed in a state prison system. Wife & I own a flower shop in a nearby city. I am approaching my late 50's, although I certainly don't look like it.
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