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Why Jesus Had to Die, Part 3

April 7th, 2012 Posted in sermons

On the cross, Jesus gave seven statements—each one significant and necessary. One of the most arresting is “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” No fiction writer would have his hero says words like those. They surprise us, disarm us, and cause us to wonder what He meant. In many ways, this is virtually impossible to fathom.

No man has ever experienced loneliness and isolation as Jesus did at this point. First Judas betrayed Him, but His other disciples still stood with Him—untilGethsemane; then they too fled. But Simon Peter was still following, albeit at a distance. Then he too turned away from the Lord, openly denying Him.

But there was still the Father, who was always there. In John 8:29 Jesus said, “And He who sent Me is withMe.The Father has not left Me alone.” Jesus said to His disciples, “Indeed, the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet, I am not alone, because the Father is with Me” (John 16:32).

But at the cross, God the Father turned away His face from God the Son. Why? Because God, in all His holiness, could not look at sin. So holy is God that we are told that He is “of purer eyes than to behold evil and cannot look on iniquity” (Habakkuk 1:13).

So the holy Father had to “turn His face” and pour His wrath upon His own Son. Understand, for Jesus that was the greatest sacrifice He could have possibly made. It is my belief that His greatest pain occurred at this moment.

He felt forsaken of God because this is the consequence of sin. For a person to be forsaken of God is the penalty which naturally and inevitably follows separation from God because of sin.

  • Jesus was forsaken of God so I don’t have to be.
  • Jesus was forsaken that I might be forgiven.
  • Jesus entered the darkness that I might walk in the light!
  • Jesus was forsaken of God for a time that I might enjoy His presence forever!

As Christ hung there, he was bearing the sins of the world, dying as a substitute. To Him was imputed the guilt of our sins, and He was suffering the punishment for those sins on our behalf. The very essence of that punishment was the outpouring of God’s wrath against sinners.

“Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the punishment for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:4–5).

3 Responses to “Why Jesus Had to Die, Part 3”

  1. phong says:

    I think that when Jesus died on the cross, it was something that was life changing.Never again shall we become sinners and have to die, we shall have eternal through him who was crucified and was resurrected.!

  2. Pamodzi says:

    I think that Jesus Christs death for humanity is so powerful and can change our lives dramatically if we get its significance. I think the church down plays it and its become an ordinary event and that’s why the world has adopted that attitude from us. Sorry for generalising, but its true. I realize that some people(christians) live their lives on that powerful truth.I’ve been going through some tough times, and i think if it weren’t for Easter,particularly this Easter, I would have continued to down play what Jesus has done. Iv been a lover and obsessor of Christ, but recently the tough times I’ve been going through have consumed me. But this Easter I came face to face with what Jesus had done on the cross, not just for me but for the world. I don’t think ill ever fully comprehend, but I know that, what Jesus Christ did for humanity is huge! I really enjoy your blogs and I think that we have to have to keep the meaning of Easter alive in our hearts everyday of our lives, if our faith is to make sense. I’m just going on and on, but I basically just wanted to say, THANKS FOR THE AWESOME BLOG!

  3. Roger H says:

    Thank you Lord that you had the discipline to endure the cross , may all of us display this same discipline in following you.

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