Words from the Heart for Wednesday March 31st, 2021
And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).
Mark 15:34 (NIV)
Back in 2015, the city of Toronto decided to clean up abandoned bikes around the city. They looked for such things as rusted chains and flat tires. The problem was, not every bike that appeared abandoned was forsaken. In order to ensure that they weren’t removing someone’s bike, they tagged a suspected abandoned bike. After two weeks they removed the bike, stored it for 30 or 60 days to give an owner a last chance to claim it and then recycled usable parts.
God has revealed much about His nature in His Word, the Bible. How else would we understand Him and how much He loves us? But He is God, and no matter how much we think we understand about Him, there is much about His nature that is a mystery. We see one mystery in the words of Jesus from the cross as recorded in Mark 15:34: “And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?’ (which means ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’).” At that point in time, Jesus was bearing the sin of the world. The weight of that sin must have been horrific. But what would have been most painful is that moment, when bearing the all the sin in all of history, God the Father turned His face away. Sin cannot enter the presence of the holiness of God. Herein lies the mystery – how can God the Father turn His face away from God the Son? It is something we, as created human beings, will never comprehend. But we understand that at that moment, Jesus was bearing our sins, taking the punishment we deserve. He loves you that much.
These have been words from the heart.