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Mark 15:34

And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?"--which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"

From reading the four gospels of the New Testament we know that Jesus spoke at least seven different times while he was hanging on the cross. Yet, when Mark records for us Peter’s account of the crucifixion the only words of Jesus that he quotes are the words “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” As I read those words again this morning the question came to my mind, of all the words that Jesus spoke in those final hours before death why did Peter share with Mark only these? It was somewhat of a mysterious cry. Some of the people standing close thought he was crying out for Elijah, so Mark made it clear that Jesus was asking God why he had been forsaken.

I don’t believe that there is anyway possible for you and me to comprehend the depth of anguish that Jesus experienced in that moment. For the first, and only, time in all of eternity there was a breaking of the unity of God the Father, The Son, and The Spirit. Why? Because in that moment Jesus “was made sin”(2 Corinthians 5:21) for you and me. At that moment the Father looked away from the Son. At that moment Jesus experienced separation from God the Father.

So why these words? Why does Mark record for us just this sentence? Mark’s whole gospel is about Jesus the “burden bearer”. His whole gospel is about the Messiah whom came to serve. I think that Mark wrote only these words because Peter was incredibly moved by the fact that Jesus took his place – Jesus bore the penalty that we should have received. In his letter to the churches Peter wrote these words: 1 Peter 2:24

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.

There is only one response that seems correct when we stand at the foot of the cross and contemplate what Jesus did for us. Thank you Jesus! But just the words from our lips are insufficient. The only thank you that seems acceptable is a life lived for the one who died for us.

Suggested Readings To Read Through The Bible In A Year

Mon.   Feb. 7, 2011   Exodus 21-22, Mark 15, Psalm 35:1-16, Proverbs7

Tues.  Feb. 8, 2011   Exodus 23-24, Mark 16, Psalm 35:17-28, Proverbs 8

Wed.   Feb. 9, 2011   Exodus 25-26, Luke 1, Psalm 36 Proverbs 9

Thur. Feb. 10, 2011   Exodus 27-28, Luke 2, Psalm 37:1-22, Proverbs 10

Fri.     Feb. 11 2011   Exodus 29, Luke 3, Psalm 37:23-40, Proverbs 11

Sat.   Feb. 12, 2011   Exodus 30-31, Luke 4, Psalm 38. Proverbs 12

Sun.  Feb. 13, 2011   Exodus 32-33, Luke 5, Psalm 39, Proverbs 13


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