The Lamb of God.

Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. Matthew 26:38-39

He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. Matthew 26:42 

Dying is never been easy especially when it is for the pleasure of other’s will.
Jesus gave His life in obedience to His Father. It was not His will to suffer and die but the will of His Father. Based on His prayer at Gethsemane, if it was possible, Jesus didn’t want to suffer and die at the hands of His oppressors. Nevertheless, He prayed the will of His Father be done. This is not to minimize the love of Jesus for us. He laid down His life for us because He has loved us from the beginning.

The pain He suffered most was when His Father had forsaken Him. He was never been forsaken before by His a Father. His soul was exceedingly sorrowful for the short moment of separation. 

The finality of the sacrificial offering was when He gave (abandoned) His son for the fulfillment of the mystery of His plan. Jesus yielded up His spirit after He cried for second time with a loud voice. God had to forsake Him or withdraw from Him to die. That was a terrible crushing feeling for Jesus, possibly the epicenter of the earthquake that happened after His Death.   

Jesus Christ was the Lamb of God as presented in the gospel. A lamb follows the will of her lord and master. Her life and future belongs to the owner. No wonder, lambs were the preferred sacrificial offering in theOld Testament. In contrast, a lamb is not like a goat with a stubborned will. He is the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world. Can we see now the beauty of the man on the cross? And if He was man equal with God, what love it was for us.

 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom. Matt. 26-29

The Great Question.

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?

Matthew 27:46

The hardest question of Jesus that was ever recorded in a loud voice is “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me.” The question was addressed to God who alone can answer the question accurately. It appears that Jesus insulted His God with that question and also degraded Himself if He was truly a divine person, God that became a man. Word became flesh.

God knows why and what He is doing. Forsaking a Son is a heinous crime. An ordinary person would not understand that brutal act from a loving father. It is contrary to the picture God wanted Him to be known. Does it worth forsaking Jesus for the sake of us? Jesus dying on the cross seems to mean the death of God, the seizure of the universal order, the collapse of the hierarchy of all values and a chaotic cosmos.

The crucifixion story is an ugly and bloody execution of an innocent man.
The universal publication of Jesus death should have been censored; it was a horrible display than the latest beheadings in the Middle East. Jesus died as a broken man literally, physically and emotionally.

Why God did not answer the question? His nature and deity is in question.
Why? Why? You abandoned your only Son to die on the cross. Who can answer the question? Can you answer that big question? Anybody who reads this article may answer the question in his or her heart. You may save the day for God.

Jesus cried with loud voice to be heard by all who were close to Him. The big question for God can be understood, individually and personally. Can you hear the Spirit of God speaking to your heart? He was forsaken to die for a reason, very possibly for you and me. Now we know how valuable we are when God abandoned His Son for us. May we understand the magnitude of His plan and love for us. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16