There is not a time the passion of our Savior should be far from our lips or minds. As Easter approaches, it presents yet another opportunity to contemplate the crucifixion. It is the very foundation of Christianity and deserves far more thought than a holiday weekend.
As I look to the cross in scripture, in prayer, and in meditation I see love far beyond my worth. The broken body of a loving Savior hangs bleeding. Blood, sweat, and tears pour from the spotless Lamb who suffered this shame so that we, if we will accept, would be made worthy of eternal fellowship with Him.
From that cross these words are cried out: “Matthew:27:46: And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
My Savior, Jesus Christ, from His cross felt forsaken. The only begotten Son of God felt the separation from God that sin causes. For a moment, the sin of mankind was upon the only One who could take it away. It is a punishment not fit for a King, but one He gladly took that you would not have to. It is not only a worthy thing to know and remember, but one which must be etched into our very being. For a good man, some would dare to die – Romans 5:7, yet God loved us while we were yet sinners – Romans 5:8. While we are in this flesh we cannot understand the love which God has toward us, but we must honor Him in honest pursuit of trying to attain that knowledge.
For those that choose to deny Christ as their Savior I wonder if those words echo throughout Hell eternally. What a fearful thought that one would scream in eternal torment “My God, why have you forsaken me”, knowing the answer. Let us make a declaration to proclaim God’s love to our friends, family, and whosoever will listen. The consequences are too great not to give our very best. God gave His best and we should do no less. To Jesus be the glory, for He is truly worthy!