The LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah53:6b)
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" that is, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" (Matthew 27:45-46)
This is the most painful moment for Jesus! Jesus, the Holy Lamb of God, never sinned, yet bore the iniquities for the whole world, and is the propitiation for our sins. The Father forsook the Son because the Son took upon Himself all of our iniquities. Jesus Christ not only bore man’s sin but actually became sin on our behalf (2 Corinthians 5:21), in order that those who believe in Him might be saved from the penalty of their sin. He is the substitute for you and me, and for all mankind. Without this substitute, we would not be able to be reconciled with the Father. Yet, this “substitution” caused such excruciating pain in Jesus - for He had to be separated from Father! The holy God can never coexist with sin! If God the Father even forsook Jesus, His only begotten Son, because sin was on Him, how is it possible that we can run away from God’s wrath if we sin? Yet, wonderfully, we are all sinners now saved by grace.
1) What is my attitude toward sin after I understand that God can not tolerate sin?
2) Have you ever been wrongly accused for something that you did not do and have to suffer greatly for it? Think today of how great a price Jesus has paid for you.
What we can do:
“Father God, please let me see sin the way you see it. Please help me not to take it lightly. If there are any sins in my life right now, I promise to cut off all ties to them. May the Holy Spirit who testifies for Jesus Christ convict me of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgement. In the victorious name of Jesus I pray.”
The last seven words of Jesus on the cross(4) (including the song:Worship Song: How Deep the Father’s Love for Us)
In the Four Gospels, there is no detailed record of Jesus’ words or acts (on the 4th day).
“從午正到申初，遍地都黑暗了。 約在申初，耶穌大聲喊說：「以利！以利！拉馬撒巴各大尼？」就是說：「我的 神！我的 神！為甚麼離棄我？」(太27:45-46)
這是耶穌在十字架上最痛苦的一句話！因為祂是 神的兒子，與父原為一，從來沒有與父神分開過。但是在這三個小時裡，父神掩面不顧並且離棄了祂至愛的獨生子，因為耶穌代替我們成了所有人的、歷世歷代、還有未來的罪。聖潔的 神與罪無法並存，卻因為愛的緣故，捨了祂的愛子，為了成全祂自己公義的要求。罪是何等的可怕！任何的罪都是 神無法容忍的。若不流血，罪就不得赦免。而為我們流血的，是 神的兒子，親自成了 神的羔羊。