1. Hello our listening friends, we are glad you joined us once more.
2. We pray that you are learning much about those seven words from the cross.
3. And today we are going to look at the one thing that God cannot see.
4. I want to begin by quoting one man who was an atheist.
5. This man was a historian.
6. His name is H.G. Wells.
7. He said he was repelled by Jesus.
8. And he called him the image of virtue, this terrible and incomprehensible Galilean.
9. Wells is not the first one or the last one to reject Jesus Christ.
10. He found his purity and sinlessness to be challenging.
11. We saw in the last three broadcasts that the government of the time abandoned Jesus.
12. Organized religion repudiated Jesus.
13. The crowd reviled Jesus.
14. His friends had fled and forsaken him.
15. And today we see the ultimate abandonment.
16. In the past three broadcasts we saw how at the third hour which is about 9 o’clock in the morning.
17. While Jesus was suspended between heaven and earth he as the high priest forgave the sins of his transgressors.
18. But that’s not surprising
19. Then about mid-morning and he looked to a repentant criminal hanging on the other cross next to him and he made him a promise.
20. Today you shall be with me in paradise.
21. That is not surprising.
22. Then in the middle of the day, Jesus looked upon his mother Mary and the disciple whom he loved, John and he made provision for his mother.
23. That is not surprising.
24. Today we will see how about high noon, or the 9th hour.
25. When the brightness of the day turned into the blackness of midnight.
26. Jesus made the fourth statement from the cross.
27. Let us just repeat again.
28. Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.
29. It is not surprising.
30. Today you shall be with me in paradise.
31. That is not surprising.
32. Woman behold your son, son behold your mother.
33. That is not surprising.
34. But the fourth one is puzzling.
35. It is this.
36. “Eloi, Eloi, Lama sabachthani?”
37. It is very surprising.
38. Eloi, Eloi, Lama sabachthani is confusing.
39. Eloi, Eloi, Lama sabachthani arches over the previous three statements as well as the next three statements.
40. Turn with me please to Matthew 27:45.
41. I hope that if you do not have a Bible that you will write to us and we will get you one.
42. Let us read Matthew 27 together…
43. Now I want you to reflect on this passage under two headings.
45. The three hours of darkness that lit up the world.
47. The moment of desertion that redeemed the world.
48. You know how bright the sun is during the high noon.
49. The brightness of the sun is so dazzling.
50. It is blinding.
51. So imagine in the midst of the brightness of the high noon it becomes as dark as the middle of the night.
52. And it was not only for a moment or two.
53. It wasn’t only for an hour or two.
54. But it was for three hours.
55. This was God’s response to those who loved darkness better than light for the Scripture says the following.
56. The light came into the world and the world comprehended not.
57. It is as if God is saying, you love darkness, that’s what darkness is like.
58. It is as if God was saying, you prefer your way, that’s the end of it.
59. It is as if God was saying, you hated the light that my son came to bring I will grant you your request.
60. It is as if God was saying, you opt for the darkness of sin and shame, you have it.
61. But there is a deeper meaning to these three hours of darkness than this.
62. The three hours of darkness were a fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecy.
63. When the high priest went into the holy of holies once a year to atone for the sin of the people.
64. That place had to be dark so that no one could see the holy things and what is happening at the ark of the covenant.
65. When Christ our high priest was ready to take his own blood into the heavenly tabernacle, nature darkened.
66. So that the unsympathetic eye could not see.
67. In the Old Testament,
68. When the law of God was given on Mt. Sinai.
69. There were thick dark clouds on that mountain and all stood at a distance.
70. This thick darkness is symbolic of our inability to keep the Law of God.
71. For none of us has been able to keep that Law.
72. When Christ who is the light of the world went into that darkness.
73. When the one who perfectly obeyed the Law of God entered into darkness.
74. That darkness of our inability to keep the Law wrapped him up as one who would be wrapping himself in a cloak.
75. There were three hours of darkness that lit up the world.
76. Christ died in darkness.
78. We see the moment of desertion that has redeemed the world.
79. After hanging on the cross for six hours.
80. About the 9th hour or 3 o’clock in the afternoon.
81. Piercing this darkness of midnight came that cry.
82. Eloi, Eloi, Lama sabachthani
83. These are the very words that came out of the mouth of the Lord Jesus.
84. On the surface we have these words translated, My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
85. The word here means to leave someone in the lurch or to abandon someone.
86. And that is why I told you earlier that this fourth statement from the cross was the most surprising of all.
87. How can the father and the Son who have eternally been in unity be separated?
88. How can the Father and the Son who have always been one, now become separated?
89. Please listen very carefully to what I am going to tell you.
90. Because if you understand the dept of these words we could understand the very center of what the cross is all about.
91. If you understand this moment in history, you will understand the very core of the Christian faith.
92. Again turn with me to Psalm 22 verse 1.
93. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
94. Jesus was quoting this Psalm.
95. This Psalm is a prophecy of the cross.
96. As the Lord began to experience the derision, the dislocation, and the dehydration of the cross, he recalls the words of Psalm 22 with meticulous accuracy.
97. In verse 7 of Psalm 22,
98. All who see me mock me, they hurl insults, shaking their heads saying, he trusted in the Lord let the Lord rescue him.
99. 1,000 years before Christ we have a literal prediction of what happened in Matthew 27:39.
1. When the crowd reviled Jesus at the cross and said he saved others, let him save himself.
2. This was the fulfillment of Psalm 22.
3. Let’s look at it.
4. Psalm 22:14 says,
5. I am poured out like water and all my bones are out of joint.
6. As Christ’s body racked with pain, that became the dislocation of the cross.
7. In verse 15 of Psalm 22 it says,
8. My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth.
9. That’s the dehydration which we see in John 19:28 when he said I thirst.
10. In Palm 22 verse 16,
11. The word of piercing.
12. They have pierced my hands and feet.
13. This was the foreshadowing of Matthew 27:49.
14. In Psalm 22 verse 18.
15. They have divided my garments and cast lots for my clothing.
16. That was fulfilled in Matthew 27:35.
17. Let me ask you this.
18. How can anyone doubt the cross when you see that centuries before it took place it was predicted with such accuracy.
19. I have met people from around the world who have come to believe in Jesus Christ because of the accuracy of the Old Testament prophecy regarding Christ.
20. How can anyone doubt the accuracy and the infallibility of the Scriptures when it was predicted 1,000 years earlier.
21. If you are one who doubts the Word of God to be the absolute truth, I submit to you that you have never gone to the trouble of examining it for yourself.
22. Well you may ask, how come Jesus only recited verse one.
23. Well the answer is that most of the people had committed all of these Psalms to memory and all you need to do is mention the first verse and the rest immediately comes to mind.
24. Just in case you begin to think that Psalm 22 is all about defeat and suffering you need to read verses 27 and 28.
25. All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, for the kingdom is the Lords, he shall rule over the inhabitants.
26. Psalm 22 is a complete prophecy of the death and the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
27. Eloi, Eloi, Lama sabachthani obviously is a word of prayer.
28. Strange as it is, this is the only time that the Father did not answer the prayer of the Son.
29. When Jesus was baptized in the River Jordan.
30. The Holy Spirit came and testified with a word from the Father.
31. This is my beloved Son.
32. When Jesus was on the Mount of Transfiguration with Moses and Elijah and the three disciples.
33. The Father said, this is my Son, hear Him.
34. But at the cross when the crowd was reviling him.
35. When he needed a word from the Father the most, he was deserted.
37. Some of the tradition would tell you that it is a blasphemy to say that the Father deserted the Son.
38. And they will give you an elaborate explanation.
39. Others who do not believe in the resurrection explain this as nothing but psychological depression.
40. Others would tell you that it is his imagination that the Father had forsaken him.
41. Just as we sometimes feel that the Father has forsaken us.
42. But none of these are correct.
43. But the reality is that this prayer we are looking at is the very heart and necessity of the cross.
44. Listen very carefully to what really happened.
45. At that very moment the sin of humanity rained down on Christ.
46. So much so that he experienced the very hell of being separated from the Father.
47. And for the first time from eternity, the Son knew the wrath and the separation from the Father.
48. The Father could not look at the Son while he was carrying your sin and my sin.
49. The Father’s eyes are purer than to look on sin.
50. Proverbs 8:30 tells us that from eternity, the Son had delighted in the presence of the Father.
51. There was never a second during which there was no harmony between the Father and the Son.
52. Harmony in words.
53. Harmony in thought.
54. Harmony in deeds.
55. Yet for that moment of desertion when all your sins and mine were heaped upon him, for the first time, he looked up to the heavens, and he saw not God the Father, but God the judge.
56. This is the first time that Jesus did not use the word of familiarity, Abba.
57. The only time.
58. He used the term, Eloi, which indicates God the Sovereign, or God the Judge, or God the All-Filled One.
59. The pain that Jesus experienced as a result of his separation from the Father we could never, never, never grasp, comprehend, or understand.
60. All of this so that when you and I come to him in repentance and faith we can receive forgiveness.
61. And that is why Paul tells us in II Corinthians chapter 5.
62. He who knew no sin became sin for us that we may become the very righteousness of God in Him.
63. After the price was paid,
64. In six hours, Jesus dismissed his spirit.
65. That word here has the meaning of a military commander who dismissed someone from his presence.
66. He was in complete command of his life.
67. He dismissed his spirit when he wanted to.
68. He dismissed his spirit after he paid the price for sin.
69. For earlier, Jesus said, I have authority to lay down my life and I have authority to take it up again.
70. The normal lingering dying on the cross would take forty-eight hours before the crucified man would die.
71. In this case, it took six hours.
72. And that is why the soldiers were surprised and they did not have to break his legs like they did with the others.
73. There was a Danish doctor by the name of Dr. Rector.
74. And he studied the torture of the crucifixion.
75. Dr. Rector concluded that our Lord Jesus Christ ultimately died of a broken heart.
76. He cited some instance in his research when the sac around the heart burst as a result of extreme agony.
77. When our Lord Jesus Christ was pierced in his side there was blood and water.
78. Which was evidence that the cry of the moment and the pain of the hour, Jesus died of a heart that had literally had been broken.
79. While Dr. Rector’s speculation is right physically, it is certainly right spiritually.
80. For in the moment Jesus said, my God, my God, why have you forsaken me, he paid the penalty of sin.
81. Please listen to me very carefully as I’m ready to conclude.
82. Jesus died in darkness that those who believe in Him may live in light.
83. Jesus died in silence that all those who believe in him may forever have a word from God.
84. Jesus died forsaken that you might be accepted.
85. Jesus died rejected that I might be received.
86. Have you received him.
87. Have you received his death on the cross to be for you?
88. Have you received his payment for the penalty of your sin- to be for your sin?
89. If you have not done so, I pray that you will do so today.
90. And thus you’ll be assured of heaven.
91. Until next time, I wish you God’s richest blessing.