And about the ninth hour (three o’clock) Jesus cried with a loud voice, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?– that is, My God, My God, why have You abandoned Me [leaving Me helpless, forsaking and failing Me in My need]? Matthew 27:46
God looked away from Jesus while he bore the overwhelming world darkening sin of the world on the cross. God is holy and He cannot co-exist with sin. Forget the bumper stickers, co-exist. It’s not possible. Light and darkness cannot dwell in the same space. When the light comes, darkness leaves, it must. For that brief period, Jesus bore all the putrid darkness of sin belonging to each of us! The earth itself rebelled. Darkness overwhelmed the earth and it shook from it’s very core.
This is an example at the far end of the spectrum to make a point. I am not God and my child is not carrying my sin, but when he carries a burden of sin, it is difficult to watch. I want to take it for him-to relieve him and get him on the right track again. I take action to get him back to the cross and lead him in the way he should go.
When a child remains in a rebellious attitude for a series of days, weeks or months despite correction, I want to look away, not because I am holy, but because I know the end.It’s painful to remain in a relationship with someone who habitually sins in the same way. It’s a scary movie. I yell at the video screen, “don’t go that way!”
He will die for lack of discipline and instruction, and in the greatness of his folly he will go astray and be lost. Proverbs 5:23
The worst of my fears sometimes comes true. I react badly. I am harsh, hard and pressing. Jesus is none of those. He is firm, strong, He roars like a lion, clears out the sellers, the invaders of the temple with strong arms. Then He heals those who are broken- hearted.