Love's Extremity

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Jesus entered our brokenness and experienced the punishment of hell for us! He desires all to receive forgiveness!

Pray:

Tender Savior, let me never lose my wonder over the fact that You gave all to bring me back to Yourself.

Read:

Matthew 27:45-56

Reflect:

What is your response to this God?

Sometimes Jesus' words "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (46) have been interpreted as meaning there was some kind of "break" in the Trinity, for how can God die? If death means "ceasing to exist," then there is a problem. But in the Bible, death is a consequence of sin, a state of existence. Spiritual death, or existence away from God and his redemption, is hell. In letting himself be "forsaken" by his Father, Jesus suffers hell for us. The physical agony of the cross is terrible, but the spiritual agony of bearing the weight of the world's evil is the worst torture imaginable. Jesus is taking the sins of the world upon himself as prophesied long beforehand (Isa. 53:4,5).

To understand the words that Jesus speaks from the cross, we need to read all of Psalm 22. In Jewish culture, when people quoted the first line of a psalm, they were invoking the whole psalm. As we read Psalm 22, we see that Jesus is drawing our attention to the fact that his suffering was prophesied and the means of his death was accurately detailed: from hands and feet pierced, to lots cast over clothing (Psa. 22:16,18). Jesus' cry from the cross is one of both desolation and explanation.

Apply:

Jesus experienced the punishment of hell for us. He desires all to receive forgiveness. Bring this news to the world.

Pray:

Jesus, how deeply You entered our brokenness! Thank You that You are never a God who is far off.

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