From Pastor Gary…
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Matthew 27: 46)
The Levitical Law required that a man who commits a crime punishable by death is to be hung on a tree. It is written, “A man hanged on a tree is cursed by God.” (Deuteronomy 21:22- 23) Darkness covered the earth as Jesus hung on the cross. The hour of his death is near. Jesus was bearing the weight of the sin of all mankind. He suffers what should be ours - torment as a result of the separation from God. He is accursed and forsaken by His Father … because of our sin. St. Paul wrote, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin,” (2 Corinthians 5:21) and, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us” (Galatians 3: 13). In his loneliness and despair, he cries out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” The answer is- for you, and me. Christ did on the cross what we are unable to do. He paid the price that sin required. As a result, we are spared the torment of eternal separation from the God who loves us so very much.
Gospel verse for today:
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. (John 3:14-15)