“My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?”
“My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me.”
These words spoken by David in his distress and trouble were prophetic of the suffering and affliction of Christ at the hand of God the Father at the cross – Matthew 27:46.
Christ addresses His Father as a man, enduring that spiritual separation that belongs to sinners.
He was obedient in all things to His Father, and loved of the Father. Yet as the sin bearer of His people, He had to endure the separation due to His people, in order that the justice of God be satisfied, and His people delivered from condemnation.
Christ never ceased being the Son of God. However, as the Substitute, he was now deprived of the blessing of His presence for a time, and for a while destitute of His help and comfort, much like those who will suffer eternally under God’s wrath.
His, however, was not due to any sin in him, but the sins of His people imputed to Him.
The extremity of his sorrows during His earthly life, and his excruciating pains and sufferings, both of body and spirit, were all part of his enduring the wrath of the Father, as the Substitute for sinners.
Ultimately, though, the Law required that He lay down His life. “Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins,” (Hebrews 9:22) that is, the shedding of blood unto death. He had to bear the complete punishment of God’s law in order to satisfy the just demands of God’s holy character – Romans 6:23.
In II Corinthians 5:21 we read, “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.”
He took on Himself the sin of His people, and their curse, Galatians 3:13.
Because God is a just God, Christ had to endure the curse of sinners as if He were the sinner. God cannot punish an innocent man; therefore, though the spotless lamb in His person, yet, as the Sin Bearer He suffered. He so fully bore God’s curse that God being just can do nothing but love those He redeemed and treat them as righteous, because that’s who they are in Him and by Him.
What a GLORIOUS SAVIOUR HE IS!