God Abandons His Son for Us

Harry Buis

READ : Mark 15:33-41

Since this is Good Friday, we turn from our study of the Psalms to a description of our Lord’s crucifixion. As we focus on the cross, we are struck by the picture of the physical sufferings of Jesus. He agonized in Gethsemane sweating as it were drops of blood. He was scourged; a whip with many sharp points was brought down upon his back, again and again and again. They had driven the thorns, not at all like our little rose bush prickers, into his head. They put him on the cross, his body suspended on nails tearing through the flesh of his hands. He suffered terrible thirst.

But there was something far worse than the physical sufferings. He suffered the pangs of hell, the worse part of which is separation from the living God. It forced from his lips those agonizing words, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”]

Luther cried out, “God forsaken of God, who can understand it?” And the answer is that no one can. The spiritual agony of Jesus on the cross is beyond human comprehension. The price is beyond our understanding. We only know it was paid for our salvation. May we be deeply moved by this truth today.

PRAYER

Oh, what love Christ has for us! Amen.