"And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, 'Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?' which means, 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?'" (Mark 15:33-34)
This is the moment the full cup of God’s wrath was poured out on his Son. This is the cup Jesus asked his Father to let pass if it was possible but the Father was silent. Jesus ultimately submitted to his Father’s will obeying to the point of death on a cross (Phil. 2:8) to bear our wrath. This cup was not his but ours. Beaten and bruised, mocked, spit upon, crucified and forsaken for me. This is the saving joy that brought us peace but the horror of our sin. James Montgomery Boice says, “The good news is that sin has been dealt with; that Jesus has suffered its penalty for us as our representative, so that we might never have to suffer it; and that therefore all who believe in him can look forward to heaven.” At the cross sin is paid for, Christ’s righteousness is imputed to us and an eternity with Christ is our reward.
Grace upon grace,