Monday, July 2, 2012

“We” Part 3

    The present and eternal presence of God, so freely given to us through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, required of Him a price beyond any measure we will ever know.
   “Now o Father, glorify Thou Me with Thine own self with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was” (John 17:5).
   “Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave Me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me” (John 16:32).
     “My God, My God why hast Thou forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46).

    Only one perfect relationship has ever existed in either time or eternity, namely, the bond between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit we refer to as the Trinity.  From everlasting, the Father loved the Son, the Son responded in love, and the Holy Spirit enjoyed and returned the mutual love of Both.  The Apostle Paul referred to the love of God as “the bond of perfectness,” a completeness of devotion for which we presently have no frame of reference (Colossians 3:14). 

    On the cross of Calvary, this bond was broken as the Lamb of God was “smitten” and “forsaken” by the Father who so loves Him (Isaiah 53:4).  “The Father is with Me” declared the Lord Jesus just before the cross, referencing a reality that was true in both time and “before the world was.”  Soon thereafter, however, the most anguished cry of history would resound in darkness, pain and the judgment of God’s wrath against sin.  “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?!”  The bond was broken, the Son abandoned, and the Father and the Holy Spirit left our Savior to die alone as our sin-bearer. 

    Why art Thou so far from helping Me, and from the words of My roaring?  O my God, I cry in the daytime, but Thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent” (Psalm 22:1-2). 

    Alone.  The “We” forever known by the Lord Jesus became the “me” of an utterly forsaken sorrow of heart.  He did this in order that those who trust Him might be delivered from our lonely “me” to the blessedness of living relationship with God, of “we.”  Yes, to the degree the Lord Jesus was alone and forsaken on the cross, God’s trusting children will be forever accepted and united to Him.  He is with us always because a terrible, inexplicable breach took place in the heart of God.  Scripture does not attempt to explain the agony of such a horror in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.   We can simply know that it took place, allowing our hearts to be moved all the more because we so greatly benefit from that which we cannot understand.

     Again, to the degree the Lord Jesus was alone and forsaken on the cross, we who believe will forever live with our God.   Him we will forever be a “we.” 

“I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.”
(Hebrews 13:5)

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