Originally Posted on August 5, 2015
The fourth cry of Jesus from the Cross is found in Matthew 27:46 (KJV): “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?’” For one brief moment in time God turned His back on Jesus when He took upon Himself the weight of the sins of the world, thus becoming sin on our behalf.
Isaiah 53:10 tells us that it pleased God to crush Jesus. God made Jesus’ soul an offering for our sin. Why did God do this to His only begotten Son, Jesus? The eyes of God are too pure to even look at evil. He cannot look at sin favorably because He is holy and perfect. Habakkuk 1:13 states: “Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?”
Isaiah 53:5 tells us that: “Jesus was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon Him: and with His stripes we are healed.” God provided a way for us to get to Him through the sacrificial death of Jesus on the Cross, and in so doing He had to turn His back on Jesus for one brief moment in time.
God loves you so much that He let Jesus become what He hates: sin, so that you can become what God loves: righteousness. 2 Cor. 5:21 states: “For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”
Why the Cry from the Cross? The Cross is proof that God loves us and that He longs to save us. Jesus died for liars, homosexuals, adulterers, wife beaters, bigots, racists, murderers, sexual perverts, and all who reject His precious name. No one else could do it! Praise His Holy name!