You're Forgiven Because He Was Forsaken
My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
Last weekend I was reminded again of the gulf God did span to bring salvation to us. Some forsake a belief in the God we serve because they cannot fathom a Father who would sacrifice His son for our salvation. Can sin be that atrocious? Can God’s love demand such a sacrifice? Again we ask the question, "How can the Righteous Judge also be our justifier?"
We live in an increasingly “judgment-free” world, and in many instances, that is a good thing. We don't want our personal tastes in foods, music, or fashion brought into question with criticism based solely on another's opinion. It's also wrong to judge someone's character based on those observations as well. And yet, when "judgment-free" clashes with justice--a clear sense of right and wrong--that becomes a problem. Someone must bring the objective standard for such judgment and be able to satisfy the demands of that standard. Our guilt or innocence isn't decided by a sliding scale or a moving target.
The holiness of God is impossible for us to grasp, so the idea that my sin does indescribable offense to His holiness is also confounding—though truthful as it may be. What becomes vividly clear is how God demonstrates His work to deal with the injustice. Isaiah tells us that it was “God’s good plan to crush Him” for our sins that “many could be counted righteous.” Paul tells the Colossians in 1:22, “Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.” To the Corinthians He says, “God made Jesus to be the sin offering even though He was sinless that we might be righteous before God.”
This plan of salvation is without equal and cannot be altered in any form. The Bible is clear that “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all." (1 John 1:5) For darkness to be present, spiritually speaking, the light of God’s presence is absent. Yet on the day that Jesus was crucified, the physical experience of darkness gave evidence of the spiritual reality. God had left the presence of the Son while Jesus became the offering for sin. What anguish in that darkness! What sorrow was known in the only time Jesus was without the Father.
Truly, Jesus was forsaken that we might be forgiven. Nailed to the cross he bore the separation that we would have known. Our substitute, truly He experienced the darkness that we might walk in the Light. Take a moment and reconsider these words of Jesus and the apostle Paul.