Today’s Scripture: 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? Matthew 27:46
The crucifixion was the point when the sins of the world: past, present, and future, where placed on the Creator of the Universe. It is the point where the Giver of life died.
When Christ hung on the cross, the sins of the world were nailed to Him. He was perfect. He hates sin, yet every sin ever committed would literally become part of Him. He became sin for us. (2 Cor. 5:21)
God the Father could not even look upon this sin, and so He forsook His only begotten Son, Jesus. Jesus was experiencing more physical pain than anyone has ever felt, yet when the Father forsook Him, He was not thinking of the physical pain. Being forsaken by God was the worst part of the crucifixion. “My God, My God! Why have you forsaken Me?” was His cry.
Do you know the answer to that heart-wrenching question? The answer is “Because we sinned.” The only reason Christ was forsaken by the Father was because He took our place. It is our fault He was forsaken, yet, because He was forsaken, we can be forgiven! If we trust Christ, we will never be forsaken by God.
There are two lessons to learn from this. If you don’t accept Christ as your Savior, you will still be separated from God for eternity. If you reject His payment, it won’t go on your account. If His payment doesn’t help you, then your eternity will be the same as if He didn’t die for you. You will spend an eternity in torment, but the physical pain will be nothing compared to the pain of having been forsaken by God. Trust Christ’s payment today.
The other lesson is simple. Give your life to the One Who gave you more than anyone could ever give. He is the One worthy to be given a gift as priceless as salvation, not us. We obviously can’t give that much, but we can give Him our lives.
Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.