Forsaken | Devotion #2: The Weight of Sin
Richie Henson | Production Director
Often times, when writing about or discussing the Bible, there are clear and obvious parallels that help us relate. For instance, in Romans chapter 7, when Paul discusses his struggle to do what he knows is right, we get exactly what he means. We have all lived this experience. It is truly shared by all believers who seek after Jesus. However, there are other passages of Scripture that feel substantial to the point of excluding themselves from our personal experience. I believe Matthew 27:46 to be such a one.
“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’”
What an excruciating moment. How deeply painful to think of our Savior taking on the full weight and consequence of our sin. A weight was so heavy that Jesus, for the first time in all of eternity, feels the separation of intimacy with the Father that is the ultimate consequence of sin. What unbearable pain Jesus took on Himself that He might save wretched people like us.
I do not think I will ever understand how awful this was for Jesus. I do not think I will ever be able to express in words how horrible the death of Jesus was. That being said, I am forever grateful that Jesus would take my place. I am so full of joy that Jesus would sacrifice His own intimacy with the Father that I might have intimacy through His blood.
Reading this passage reminds me of how powerful the Gospel really is. Jesus gave up everything to save us. Jesus willingly laid down all He cared about to bring us out of death and into life. As we ponder this glorious truth, may we all express the joy of the Gospel to each other and everyone we know so that the name of Jesus will continually be exalted.