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TODAY’S MEDITATION – “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” (Mark 15:34)

Once again, we are considering another verse of Jesus’ last words on the Cross. But this one reminds us of the beginning of Psalm 22: “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away when I groan for help? Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer. Every night you hear my voice, but I find no relief” (Psalm 22: 1-2). My brother, my sister, this cry could be an echo to your own daily cry to The Lord. You see, what we hear in Jesus’ cry “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” is the cry of his heart: Why had God abandoned him? Why did his Father turn his back on Jesus in his moment of greatest agony? Truly, we will never fully know what Jesus was experiencing in this moment. Have you ever turned to God in such a agony because of your internal suffering? Today know that Jesus went through that, but It was for you that He accepted it. Yes, Jesus entered into the hell of separation from God because He became sin for us. Yes, the Father abandoned him because Jesus took upon himself the penalty for our sins. So, He was experiencing something far more horrible than physical pain. The beloved Son of God knew what it was like to be rejected by the Father. As we read in 2 Corinthians 5:21, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God”. We can say, truly, that the Father abandoned the Son for our sake, for the salvation of the world. But can we really grasp the mystery and the majesty of this truth? God is forsaking God because of our sins? My friend, this should inspire the fear of God in us and urge us to confession, humility, worship and adoration to the living Lord, as we realise that Jesus accepted to be forsaken by the Father so that we might never be. Stay blessed in Jesus’ name. [facebook] [retweet]