He Loves Me!
This devotional is a series of excerpts from Wayne Jacobsen's life changing book, He Loves Me! Download a PDF of this book by clicking the link below.
Day 35: It Wasn't Just Jesus
I'll be the first to admit that the relationship between Father, Son and Spirit is a mystery beyond our ability to define with absolute certainty. But I am deeply bothered by the thought that in some way God was able to separate himself at the cross. The popular understanding of the cross seems to be that God the Father executed wrath on God the Son while standing at some discrete distance.
Such thinking not only denies the essence of God's nature but then distorts what happened at the cross. Paul wrote that "God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ." God was no distant observer, but a participant. He didn't send Jesus to do what he would not do; but God himself acted through Jesus to bring about our redemption.
Some have taken Jesus' cry that his Father had forsaken him to mean that at the darkest moment, the Father had to turn his back on the Son. God cannot bear to look on sin, they argue, so that when our sins were laid on him, God had to turn his face away from his Son.
God has never run from sinful humanity. He didn't hide from Adam and Even in the Garden. They hid from him as he sought them out. It is not God who cannot bear to look on sin, but that we in our sin can't bear to look on God. He's not the one who hides. We are. God is powerful enough to look on sin and be untainted by it. He has always done so. He did so at the cross.
Later, we'll take a closer look at why Jesus cried out, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me!" The point here is that all of God was fully involved in all aspects of this incredible plan. The anguish that ripped through the Godhead that day cannot even be fathomed by our limited perspective.
But it is important that we see them working together, enduring the process necessary to destroy sin and liberate those they loved. Jesus was not the victim and his Father the victimizer. They were executing a plan they-the Father, Son and Spirit-had devised on the day they first decided to create a man and a woman. They would pay the price together for the relationship they so deeply desired to share.