Separation On The Cross

46  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 above Scripture gives us some of the last words Jesus spoke from the Cross. Has that last dying question from God’s own Son ever bothered you?

In Matthew 26:38-39, on the night that Jesus was betrayed, Jesus went to a garden to be alone with the Father. He asked if there was any other way to do this, let it be so. But if not, that the Father’s Will was to be done.

Jesus had said many times that He was going to be betrayed and He would die on the Cross. He also said that He would rise from the dead and live again. He said this indirectly as when He referred to destroying the “temple” and rebuilding it in three days. He also said it very plainly and directly so there was no misunderstanding as to what He meant.

So Jesus knew from the beginning that He was going to suffer and be nailed to the Cross. He knew that He was going to die, and He knew that He would rise again to live forever. Jesus knew there was going to be an Easter Sunday. He knew there would be a Resurrection Sunday. So what was it that He expressed concern about in the garden? What was it that He didn’t want to experience if there could be another way?

Perhaps the answer to that question lies in Matthew 27:46. Before Jesus died, He took on Himself all our sin. The One who was sinless had to lose His divinity to be filled with our sin. And when that happened, God could no longer look down on Him. God will not tolerate sin. So at that moment on the Cross, something happened that had never happened since before the beginning of time – Jesus was separated from God.

That is what Jesus did not want to experience if there was another way. He accepted the beatings and torture. He accepted being nailed on the cross. But He knew what separation from God meant. He tells us that in Luke 16 in the parable of the rich man and the poor man. Jesus didn’t want to experience that separation from God.

With all that Jesus knew about what was coming on that Easter Sunday, His brief separation from God was but a flash of time in the scheme of eternity. But even that brief moment was not something Jesus wanted.

Not accepting Jesus as Lord and Saviour, never developing that intimate relationship with God, will mean an eternity of separation from God. If Jesus was telling us that even a brief separation of God is not something we should want, then why do we ignore the eternity of separation that awaits those who don’t worship and serve God?

Once we make sure our relationship with God is in order, we must remember Jesus’ words to share the Gospel with all those we encounter. God desires that no one experience that eternity of separation, but that all would live with Him in eternity. Jesus’ last words from the Cross should convince us to fulfill His commandment to teach all the world to observe all that Jesus taught; to show all the love of God. Because of Easter morning, Jesus lives; and we have the promise that we, too, can live forever with God the Father in eternity.

 © 2016 Charles A. Kalkomey

March 26, 2016