Probably one of the best feelings in the world is to just lay silent before the King and marvel at all of His holiness and majesty. To be loved by Love Himself truly astonishes me considering we are so unworthy of the ultimate price that He paid to be in close fellowship and communion with us. Sincerely think about it. Zealous love drove Jesus to the most humiliating death a human could endure, He then showed us the most powerful example of forgiveness, then in His last moments He suffered the ONE THING that drove Him to cry out in agony: seperation from God.
The entire crucifixion of Jesus Christ holds me in a twisted whirlwind of emotion when in thought, but indeed, the one part that brings me to a total heart-wrenching halt is when Jesus cried out in Matthew 27:46: And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
Jesus. Emmanuel. Son of God. Prince of Peace. Love Himself. There were a billion reasons for Him to cry out to God His entire life. He was persecuted because He was moved by love, He was spit on for the sake of man, He was accused of indwelling a demon, He was slapped in the face for choosing peace, He was whipped with cruelty so we could be healed, and He was nailed to a splintered cross naked and left to die. Never ONCE did He cry out to His Father in regret or pain, except…except when He no longer felt Him.
My God…what did You do for us?
He endured so much for our sake, but do you realize the ULTIMATE thing wasn’t even death itself that killed Jesus…it was total separation from God that killed Him. His will to live was taken the minute He didn’t feel the Presence of His Father.
Jesus was with God from the very beginning (John 1:1-2). He never existed a moment without the Presence of His Father, but when Jesus became sin (2 Corinthians 5:21), God had to turn His back on His own Son, and for the first time EVER…they were separated.
Also, meditate on this if you will. When Jesus became sin and died upon that cross, He had to endure Hell to take the keys from Satan (Revelation 1:18). The Holy Scriptures never mention Jesus for those three days until He rose from the grave on the third day. Why? In order for Jesus to fully become sin, He had to give up His Sonship. All of the glory, all of the honor, all of who Jesus is, He humbled Himself then lowered Himself from the Highest honor, to the lowest point of existence. He literally became sin therefore He is not spoken of in the Bible until he rises again. My goodness…I don’t want to even think of what He could have endured in Hell. The thought alone makes my stomach turn 1000 times over.
But on that glorious day, Jesus showed the world the most beautiful act of Truth: He loves us SO MUCH that death couldn’t hold Him down, and the grave couldn’t keep Him in! He broke molds, set captives free, all the while with one purpose in mind; to live with us for all eternity.
As I sit here and meditate on the powerful love of Jesus Christ, I can’t help but think that it truly cannot get any better than this. Then suddenly, I am awakened to the Holy Spirit nudging me and whispering in my ear, “Oh but it does. Just wait until you get to walk hand in hand with Him for all eternity. I’ve already seen it…and it’s beautiful.”
Though I have not seen Him, my heart knows Him well.
I will be with the One I love…soon and very soon.
- Amy Basel Ministries