How was Christ’s death, suffering aside, a great price for Him?
The burden of sin.
Because God is holy, He can have nothing to do with
sin. It was necessary for Jesus, the God-man, to carry the burden of sin for
all of humanity while on the cross. (2 Corinthians 5:21, “God made him who had
no sin to be sin for us....”
As human beings, we have no idea how difficult it must
have been for Jesus to take on that burden of sin.
A separation from
Because of God’s holiness, it was
necessary for Him to turn His face away from Jesus while Jesus carried the sin
of the world on His shoulders.
That is why Jesus cries out on the
cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34)
This was the first time in eternity
that there was a separation within the perfect love relationship of the
Dr. D. A. Carson reminds us,
“Within this cry of dereliction [abandonment], the horror of the world’s sin
and the cost of our salvation are revealed.”
Posted on Mon, January 25, 2016
by Anchors Away