A demonstration to illustrate how Jesus became sin for us.
The death of Christ
In verse 34, Jesus cries out, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” - which means, My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
In Mark 1:9-11, we read about the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist and the voice of God testifying,
“You are my Son, whom I love and with you I am well pleased”.
How is it now that Jesus is calling out and telling that God has forsaken Him???
We go back to the very beginning when Adam and Eve were created by God and placed in the garden of Eden. They had wonderful fellowship with God and there was no barrier between God and man (Genesis 2). In Genesis 3, we read about the fall of man when he chose to disobey God and sin became a barrier between man and a Holy God. In Romans 5:12, we read that “sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way, death came to all men, because all sinned.”
Men have tried many ways to please God through works, personal devotion, sacrifices etc.. but to no avail. None of these efforts have been able to take away sin and restore man’s relationship with God.
The Mosaic law gave the list of sacrifices that the Jews must bring to come before a Holy God. They had to bring a sacrifice involving the shedding of the blood of an animal for the forgiveness of sins. This was a reminder to the people that “without the shedding of (innocent) blood there is no forgiveness of sin”, but there was no permanence to this as they had to bring an animal every time they sinned.
Sinful man needed a mediator who would restore the relationship with God bringing reconciliation, and also make it permanent.
This was prophesied by Isaiah in chapter 53, Read it slowly, read it prayerfully, and even as you read, meditate and ask God to open your understanding of this wonderful chapter.
Ask yourself these questions:
Who is it talking about? vs 1-5
Whose sin was He carrying? Vs 6 – the Lord has laid on Him, the iniquity of us all
When Jesus became our sin bearer, and bore the wrath and judgment of God in our place, He experienced the separation that sin brings and therefore He cried out, “My God, my God…why have you forsaken me?” There’s forgiveness of sin and restoration of relationship with God, by which we call Him, Father, because of the death of Christ. There is forgiveness at the Cross of Christ.
Thus, the cross, a symbol of shame and humiliation (only criminals were hanged) became a symbol of hope, forgiveness and peace between mankind and God.
As you meditate through these passages, what is your response to the One who gives you hope, forgiveness and peace, and an eternal relationship with God. How will you respond to Jesus?
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For all who love maps:
Did you check out the scale to which the map is drawn Can you compare its size to your locality?
Do you see where the mountains are? Can you try locating it in your atlas or world map?
Did you check out the different gates that are named? Can you find references to that in the Bible?
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