In this study, we have seen that Messiah was forsaken by His God. As we examined the meaning of this term “forsaken” in Psalm 22:1, page 874, we saw there that “forsaken” means that a great distance separated: (1) the cries of Messiah for deliverance and (2) the actual deliverance of God. So, the entire verse reveals to us that God “forsook” Jesus in the sense that God did not deliver Jesus from suffering and crucifixion, even though Jesus groaned for such deliverance. Everyone who argues that Jesus was cut off from the Godhead because God cannot look upon sin, or be touched by it, must consider the essential unity of the Godhead. Because Christ remains inseparably united to God forever, Jesus cannot be separated from the Godhead and still remain God. Furthermore, to argue that the divine nature in Christ did not die on the cross would be tantamount to falling into the Nestorian heresy condemned by the Council of Chalcedon. 1The greater issue concerns what it means that God died. The Bible contains plenty of evidence that Jesus Christ died, but what does the term “death” mean when applied to God in Christ Jesus? That will be another study in the Word of God. Happy Day! The hypostatic union of the divine and the human natures of Christ demands that God died on the cross, or to put it another way, God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself. Finally, the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit in Christ empowered and sanctified Christ to offer His body and blood, through His ministry as high priest, as the perfect, once and for all, atonement for sin. We should rejoice that God, in His infinite grace, mercy, and wisdom, gave us His Son, so that we might die to sin, and live to righteousness. To Him be the glory always!
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