Mathew 27:46 “About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli,[a] lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).”JESUS was perfect! HE embodied all that is good. HE gave HIMSELF UP to extreme torture. HIS pain, unfathomable.
Unlike, criminals and other degenerates that were killed in that inhumane and tortuous way; JESUS had the power to make it stop!
But. JESUS. didn’t!
Because there was a plan to be fulfilled! CHRIST loved us so much that HE endured.
The pain HE was accepting was symbolic of all of our sins. JESUS came to redeem us.
However, in HIS exnruciable pain, HE cries out to the FATHER, “why have YOU forsaken me?”
Lately, (and my pain is not even minutely comparable to what JESUS was going through), I have been feeling left and alone....forsaken!
Then..... my aha moment!
GOD never leaves us.
Just because things are not lining up the way I want, in the time I am expecting (which is usually in the immediate); here I am crying out to the LORD. I am sad. Scared.
However, GOD has a perfect plan.
John Piper puts it like this “it was all going according to plan. All of it was the fulfillment of Scripture — even the worst of it was the fulfillment of Scripture, and that moment was probably the worst moment in the history of the world, and it was Scripture-fulfilled.”
JESUS came to save me. All of our sins is embodied in the torture and horrid pain HE is experiencing.
Any pain or discomfort or sadness, challenges, or hard times that we may face is pale in comparison to what our SAVIOR does for us.
Yet, JESUS continues through!
I, wanna give up! I cry out to the LORD, “take me home” when I am feeling overwhelmed by the minutiae.
I remember two things -One, is that because of JESUS, GOD has not forsaken me, HE is always there and loving me and holding me. GOD has a perfect plan and timing for all things!
Once again, I remember: I can endure all through CHRIST who gave everything to me so I can have enduring hope!