Pastor Barry's "Chapter & Verse" Day 239
August 26; Matthew 27:46; 27/260(II); ‘Forsaken & Exalted’
Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" that is, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?"
On the cross, having become sin and sickness, the horror of God the Father turning His back on the Lord Jesus overwhelmed Him. The Lord Jesus surely understood that the Father cannot look upon sin, yet in His sufferings, the reality of His Father, ‘forsaking’ Him, caused the Lord to cry out in desperation. This was part of the price Jesus had to pay for our redemption from our sins and the healing of ‘our’ sicknesses. Soon the Lord Jesus would allow His spirit to depart from His body. His spirit would enter hell, where the Lord would be tormented for three days. Once God the Father declared that the price of sin was paid for by the sacrifice of His Son, the Holy Spirit descended into hell, raised Jesus’ spirit and reunited His spirit with His body. As the Lord ascended into heaven, His mortal body was recreated to a heavenly body, able to function in heaven and on earth. In heaven, the Lord Jesus entered the heavenly Holy of Holies and presented His blood on the altar. Jesus’ sacrifice, unlike that of the continual sacrifice of animals on earth, only had to be done once. Having presented His blood in heaven, He sat down on the right hand of the Father. Sin had once and for all been dealt with by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Jesus, who because of becoming sin on the cross was ‘forsaken’ by His Father temporarily. Once the Lord Jesus rose from the dead and presented His blood in heaven, God the Father exalted Jesus to the highest seat of honor in heaven, at His right hand. The Lord Jesus is now the Head of the Church, praying for us and always helping us by the Holy Spirit.