August 31, 2015
(All scripture is from the New King James Version unless otherwise indicated.)
Have you ever wondered about one of the cries Jesus uttered while hanging on the cross? It is recorded in Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34 that at the end of His torturous six hours of crucifixion, “…Jesus cried out with a loud voice, ‘Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?’ which is translated, ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?’ ” His Aramaic cry was misinterpreted by some who heard Him who said, “Look, He is calling for Elijah!” (Mark 15:35). It was not Elijah to whom He was directing this cry, but to the Father! And it was exactly fulfilling a prophecy written by David more than a thousand years before in Psalm 22:1 through 3:
My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? Why are You so far from
helping me, and from the words of My groaning? O my God, I cry in the
daytime, but You do not hear; and in the night season, and am not silent.
But You are holy, who inhabit the praises of Israel.
Here David records not just Jesus’ questioning cry to the Father, but the answer to His question: “But You are holy….” David also wrote Psalm 7, which illuminates this answer in verse 11: “God is a just judge, and God is angry with the wicked every day.” God, being utterly holy and just, will not tolerate an uncleansed sinner in His presence!
I believe it was within the time that darkness enveloped the world from noon until three during the crucifixion (see Mark 15:33) that Jesus the Christ, the Son of God was made sin and sinner before the Father! Paul emphasized this truth in II Corinthians 5:21: “For He made Him, who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (See the blog for March 27, 2013 – “The Great Exchange”); (See also Galatians 3:13; I Peter 2:24, 3:18).
The title of this blog, God – Mad At Himself, still has a strange ring to it. But there are a few points that bring this together:
• Jesus Christ is fully God – Many scriptures prove this statement (see Isaiah 9:6, 7; John 8:24, 28; Hebrews 1:8). But let’s concentrate on two:
Colossians 2:9 – “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily….”
Hebrews 1:3 – Jesus is “…the brightness of His [the Father’s] glory and the express image of His person….”
So if Jesus is God, and the Father was angry at the Son, then it would be God – Mad At Himself!
• If – as it says in our featured scripture of Psalm 7:11 – that “…God is angry with the wicked every day…,” it stands to reason that the Father would be angry with the Son who was “…made…sin for us.”
• In His anger, the Father poured out all the judgment sinners deserve upon the Son who was the perfect representative of sinners. What judgment do sinners deserve? “The soul who sins shall die.” (Ezekiel 18:4, 20). Disease and physical death resulted from sin. As it says in Genesis 5:5, “So…Adam…died [physically].” But he died spiritually long before he died physically! Spiritual death is separation from God! It says of Adam in Genesis 3:8 that when God came for His regular fellowship time with His chief creatures – man – that “…Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord among the trees of the garden.” And if that separation persists through the end of this physical life, it will be manifested in eternity by permanent separation from God in a horrible hell – “…the Lake burning with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8).
Jesus Christ suffered eternal spiritual as well as physical death on the cross! I believe that somehow in the last three hours of the crucifixion, in which the earth was shrouded in darkness, somehow all of the suffering of hell for all eternity for all unregenerate mankind was crammed into that short time! Jesus paid fully the penalty for our sins – physical and spiritual death – so we can go free!
We have emphasized that God is holy and just, and He is angry toward sin and sinners. But He is also the God of infinite love! As it says in Romans 5:8, “…God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Knowing the penalty for sin – physical and spiritual death – because He set it, God also paid the full price Himself. The Son took the Father’s anger in our place!
So what do you want – God to be angry at you because you remain in your sin? Or do you want to experience His love and acceptance because for you He accomplished what the blog title suggests? God – Mad At Himself!