“From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”–which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
It didn’t get worse than this. For the very first time in His existence – both as Divine and human – Jesus was separated from God. The darkness that came over the land would have been as nothing compared to that which had appeared within Him. Such was the effect upon Jesus that it tore this cry from the very depths of His spirit. Jesus had taken our sin upon Himself.
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
It was our sin that came between God and Him and brought about this terrible separation. As ‘the wages of sin is death’ so sin brought death to that relationship and consequently death to the human Jesus as well. In terms of His own illustration the branch had been cut off from the Vine. Jesus experienced the deepest and blackest spiritual hell so that we would not have to.
Steadily, and seemingly without end, the sin and sin guilt would have poured upon Him. The sin of Adam and Eve, of Cain, of the people of the flood, of the bondage in Egypt and the unfaithful years in the desert, the sin of David and Bathsheba, the repeated idolatries and adulteries of God’s chosen people, the sin of the Great Wars of the 20th century, the Holocaust, the genocides, the apartheids, the abortions, and all the other sin and sins of the countless individuals from the beginning to the end, and of all the nations and even the churches as well. He would have sunk beneath the weight of sin without number or end, and been spiritually suffocated by the rising tide of thick and impenetrable darkness.
Alone, lonely and desolate, Jesus hung there. Lacerated within and without, flooded with darkness, pinned to the Cross not by nails but by agonising love, Jesus hung on to set us free.
There was no other good enough
To pay the price of sin;
He only could unlock the gate
Of heaven, and let us in.
Open my eyes Lord, I want to see Jesus……