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Abandoned... for me

Scenes of abandonment

Betrayed by Judas, denied by Peter, abandoned by the crowd that had a few days before welcomed Him as King, a terrorist given His freedom – this was Jesus’ last week on earth.  Injustice at its peak!

Hebrews 4:15 tells us that Jesus was without Sin.  Yet he was crucified between two criminals, one of whom hurled insults at him!  Through all this except for a sentence spoken to Pilate, Jesus is silent.  Excruciating physical pain, emotional isolation - Jesus bears it silently.  Jesus was condemned to die in shame and cruelty even though he was innocent – more than innocent He was pure and holy.

Cry of Abandonment:

On the cross, Jesus fulfilled God’s Levitical instructions as explained in Lev 16: 6-10 and 20-22. The Levitical commands were set forth by God as a shadow of what He would perfect in Jesus. 

A Scripture-soaked Jesus, yelled out his cry of anguish echoing Psalm 22:1 – “Eloi, Eloi, Lama Sabachtani.” which means, “My God My God why have you abandoned me!”  It wasn’t a question.  It was the anguished acknowledgement of that dreaded moment of reality.  That moment when God the Father and God the Holy Spirit turned away from God the Son as he hung on the cross bearing on himself the Sin of the Whole World of all time. Reminding us that Sin cannot exist in the presence of a Holy God.

The Cost

This is the abandonment that anguished Jesus. He went through it in order that my sin and your sin might be forever forgiven. So that we could be released from the bondage that Sin holds over our nature and from the consequences of that bondage. From the time Jesus, the Son of God, willingly took on the limitations of humankind, till this point He had been in constant fellowship with the Father and the Holy Spirit. But now that fellowship was broken and it was more than heart wrenching, it was soul wrenching.  In that agony Jesus cried out Eloi, Eloi, Lama Sabachtani.  Of all the abandonment Jesus faced from family, disciples, community, fans – this was the most painful.  Yet the Bible says that for the JOY that was set before him He endured it. (Heb 12:2).  It is mind blowing to think that you and I were that JOY!!!

Our Response

How would we respond to such a love?  A love that endured the acutest of abandonment – forsakenness, so that our souls may never be forsaken and we might never feel abandoned in this life.

Accepting that Jesus died on the Cross in my place is my release from the sin nature that keeps me from God and the richness of Life He has for me. Would you accept that release?

The abandonment Jesus experienced on the Cross was in your place and mine.  Now we never need to experience the anguish He went through.

Here is a nice meaningful song.

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INTERACTIVE MAPS

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