We’re all familiar with the phrase in today’s verse and we’re all pretty sure we know what it means; it seems fairly straightforward. I don’t think we do know what it means and we probably never will know to the full extent. Simply because we won’t ever experience what Christ did in that moment on the cross.
From the beginning of all things Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit were one; they will forever remain one and nothing will change that not even the sacrifice of God the Son on Calvary. Theirs is a perfect relationship with no discord unlike relationships involving humans. The other two always showed but for Christ before (Luke 3:22) but in this instance They both were conspicuously absent. Was He no longer the Son in whom God was well pleased? He was and God was still a loving Father to him, but Christ was now not only carrying the sin of mankind, He had indeed become sin (2 Corinthians 5:21, Galatians 3:13)
Bible tells us the wages of sin is death; that sentence is commuted by the Almighty Righteous Judge – God Himself. God declares in the Bible that He will exalt nothing above His word (Psalm 138:2) Think of a judge whose son walks into the courtroom guilty of an offense. In that moment the man is no longer a father, but a judge. God saw all that sin on His only begotten Son and had to exact the just punishment for it no matter how painful it was for either of Them. That certainly wasn’t the way Their relationship usually went.
Christ had endured hours of intense physical, mental, emotional and spiritual torture, it’s not surprising He eventually voiced His pain. Thanks to His heart-tending cry we can tell that exact moment when our sins were judged before God. Looking at events afterwards we can also be sure that Christ indeed was God. The moment passed and He died and rose victorious!
Think About This
Do I really know what it cost to have my sins forgiven?
Dear Lord, I will never know what it cost for my sins to be nailed to that cross, and I am forever grateful. Please help me show it in my life. In Jesus name I pray. Amen