Letting Christ Transform You From The Inside Out
Despite being told differently and having only half-verses (only a portion of Psalm 22) shown to us from the Bible that would suggest otherwise, the Father of Jesus did not abandon Him at the cross.
Psalm 22: 1 - "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?"
Jesus drew our attention to this psalm while he was on the cross. He wanted us to reference it and study it so that we would understand what was happening to him and not lose heart.
Most of us have been told that God is pure and holy and can have no connection with anything or anyone who is "sinful". For the most part, that is true. The bible does teach us that sin is like "leprosy", a disease which infects those coming into contact with it. It calls such diseased people "unclean". It also uses the imagery of "blood" to represent the "filth" of this sin disease. It states, all through the Torah (the first 5 books of the bible), that God's presence is so pure and powerful that it will wipe out anything impure which enters it.
As a result of this view of God, many people have concluded that God had to abandon Jesus on the cross when Jesus carried the weight of our sins and sorrows. The bible words it in such a way that has led many to think that Jesus actually became "sin". Although, if he actually became sin, then he would no longer be a sinless sacrifice.
However, what if he did actually become sin? This would have made him unclean. And, God cannot have a relationship with anything unclean. Right?
If this is always the case, then why would God shows us something else. In Ezekiel 16:1-20 God shows us that even before Israel (a baby who grew into a woman) had the "blood" washed off of her (this blood represents her "uncleanness and filth"), God entered into an intimate relationship with her. Imagine that!!! God was somehow able to share the closest connection with Israel, while she was still "unclean". Yet, God still remained "clean". It wasn't until AFTER he had intimate relations with her that he washed off her "filth". This proves that there is a way that God can connect with our sinfulness while still maintaining his holiness. It is a mystery, but we cannot put God in a box.
Thus, it was possible for God to fully remain in Jesus while Jesus carried our burdens on the cross and put to death the ripple effect of our sin. It was possible for God to EXPERIENCE what it FEELS like to be human and weighed down from abuse, shame, guilt and sin, while living in Jesus.
Continuing to read through this psalm we learn that Jesus went through a process - an identity crisis - while on the cross. He felt what we feel - like "worms". Yet, he overcame this and shows us how. He concludes the following:
Psalm 22:24 "For he has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help."
For more clarity on what actually happened at the cross go to this link.