The Father’s Sorrow

Posted: 12 March, 2008 in Ponderings
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Christians throughout the history have placed their faith and foundation with major emphasis on the crucifixion, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and rightly so. At the cross, is where it all it matters. At the cross, man is redeemed from the clutches of death. At the cross, the devil is hauled down from his earthly throne. At the cross, Jesus paid the ultimate price and became the ultimate sacrifice.

The Father's Sorrow, The Cross

From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).   Matthew 27:45-46

At the peak of His suffering at the cross, Jesus took on the entire sin of the world. This is where God had to turned way and abandoned Jesus, severing the godly tie they have.

This is where the pain was the greatest.

Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.   Isaiah 53:4

How did our heavenly Father felt then?

In ancient Jewish customs, Jews will tear off their clothes to show their extreme grief or emotions. (Genesis 37:34, Judges 11:35, 2 Samuel 3:31, Isaiah 37:1)

The Father's Sorrow, Curtain falls

And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open.   Matthew 27:50-52

When Jesus died, God tore off the curtain before the Holy of Holies in the temple, the dwelling place of God.

At the cross, Father God was heartbroken, mourning over the death of His only Son.

But by the death of Jesus and His finished work of redemption, the torn curtain opened the way, the gate, and the door by which we enter into heaven into the very presence of Father God, where the resurrected Lamb of God, Jesus Christ is sitting at His right hand.   Hallelujah!

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