What Does Mark 15:34 Mean?

At the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, "ELOI, ELOI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?" which is translated, "MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?"

Mark 15:34(NASB)

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There must be a depth of love between the members of the Trinity at which we can only wonder, for Each loves the Other with a divine love that always has been and will continue to exist forever. It is a godly love that will reach into the eternal ages to come, a deathless love that will never end, for God is love.

And yet, that continuously existing communion between Father and Son was broken at Calvary's Cross, as the Lord Jesus Christ was made sin for you and for me. The sun hid its light as three hours of oppressive darkness shrouded the blackened sky, until Christ screamed in horror as He met the deepest point of suffering possible - separation from the Father.

The price of sin had to be paid by the One and Only Sacrifice for sin, and it demanded that God the Father and God the Holy Spirit pour out the wrath of God upon the holy Son of God, by turning their face away from the One Whom They had loved for an eternity.

No wonder that the Son cried out in anguish: "My God! My God!" to the other Members of the triune Godhead as the accumulated sin of the entire world was thrust on His sinless shoulders, and the full force of the wrath of the most high God was poured out in fullest measure on the unique Son of the Highest.

Mortal mind cannot conceive of the intense bitter anguish and pain that must have descended on the innocent Sacrifice, for in bearing the sins of humanity that holy Man was made sin for us as the floodgates of God's wrath were poured out upon Him in all its holy fullness. No wonder He screamed, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?"

God turned His back on the beloved Son of His love. But though abandoned by the Lover of His soul, it was to God that He called out and to God that He turned to as He cried out questioningly, why have You abandoned Me?

And yet He knew the answer. It was for the redemption of the human race that He had to be forsaken so tragically. It was for this reason that He was born into His own creation and for this reason that He died for the sin of the world. Praise God that Jesus our precious Saviour and Kinsman-Redeemer drank the Father's bitter cup to its dregs so that you and I who believe on His name, would not perish but have eternal life with Him.

My Prayer

Loving Father, I can only wonder at the pain that Christ went through to save me from eternal separation from You. I humbly thank You that He became sin on my behalf so that I could be made the righteousness of God, in Him. In Jesus' precious name I pray, AMEN.

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