One of the most difficult things to understand about Jesus is the contrast of His dual nature – fully God and fully man. How can Jesus be God’s Son and human at the same time? This paradox about Jesus is difficult for many people to fully understand and accept.
Hebrews 2:5-18 describes how God took on the form of mankind through His Son, Jesus, so that mankind could be saved from sin and wickedness that permeates this world.
In yesterday’s post, we saw Jesus demonstrating humanity and compassion. Today we see Jesus exhibiting despair. Another contrast to His deity.
The Gospel of Mark records the 4th statement uttered by Jesus while He hung on the cross. In a loud and strong voice, He shouted, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” (Mark 15:34)
Why in the world would Jesus, the Son of God, utter such a thing? Jesus became the sacrificial lamb who bore the sins of the world. The Apostle Mark recorded in verse 33 that at noon, the sky became very dark. And it remained dark for three hours before Jesus shout the question of despair. What caused this unexplained darkness?
God is morally perfect and holy. He hates sin and cannot be in the presence of sin. When Jesus took on the sin of the world, God could no longer look at him. The sky went dark. God essentially turned His back on His only begotten son. The pain of that momentary separation was more agonizing than the physical torture Jesus endured.
Have you ever uttered the question, “God, why have you forsaken me?” If you are a Christian, God will never turn His back on you. Jesus has paid the price for your sin. “I leave never you; I will never forsake you.” (Hebrews 5:13 NCV). To be continued…
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