Death is separation. It happened at the beginning when Adam and Eve sinned against the will of God, they were immediately separated from His presence and from the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:17; 3:24). Paul explains this separation this way; “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked” (Ephesians 2:1–2). Notice how he explains this truth; we were dead while walking in sin and disobedience to God; walking dead people!
Jesus understood this separation more than any human being, not because of sin He committed, since He was “without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). But, “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree” (1 Peter 2:24), and His sacrifice for us meant that Jesus must be separated from God because “the Lord laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6). This was God’s wrath against sin!
In this moment of separation between God the Father and Jesus the Son, He cries, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?” (Psalm 22:1). This is recorded as the actual words of Jesus in Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34 as He became the sacrifice for sin – the only sacrifice God would accept.
It was necessary for you and me. Imagine though this relationship between God the Father and Christ the Son that had never known any interruption in past eternity or in time, was suddenly broken in order that our relationship with God might be restored. What will this truth do in us as we consider the resurrection of Jesus tomorrow? Can we continue to live unchanged by such truth?
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