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God’s Word while Walking it Out
Context: Matthew 27: 45-56 Focus: Matthew 27:45-46
Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. 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?” Matthew 27:45-46
At the third hour (9:00) Jesus was crucified on the cross and then at noon (12:00) darkness fell across the whole earth until the ninth hour (3:00). Then during this last hour, He suddenly cried out with a loud voice, with these words:
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Jesus suffered separation from the Father in his last hours on earth. He felt abandoned and forsaken, and without the Father’s strength. No longer in His presence, no longer hearing His voice, was the worse mental, spiritual torture, and was the complete atonement for our salvation, releasing His Spirit to God, alone.
Because of His Sacrifice and submission even in the darkest hour of His life, we have His Life, We have His Light and the promise that only He alone gives, He gives us His Peace which passes all understanding which for our sake guards our hearts and minds by faith in Him. (Philippians 4:7)
There is no darkness we encounter that can ever separate us from His great love.
And His promise to all who believe in His forgiveness is:
“I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
Because, He loves us with an everlasting love.
CR 1 Peter 4:13, Job 13:15, Matthew 27:50, Romans 8:39
Dear Heavenly Father, Keep reminding us, how your Son, Jesus Christ suffered abandonment in the hour of His atonement for us, so we will never be forsaken nor lost. Because we are sealed by your Holy Spirit, we can trust, you are always our present help in trouble, and our strength, kept in your bosom, sheltered by your wings. And in that hour when we are released from this world we will be taken to be with You forever in your Son’s bosom, to Our everlasting home. (Psalm 46: 1-2, Psalm 23:4)
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”