Mark 15:33-36

“Nothing reveals the gravity of sin like the cross … It is impossible for us to face Christ’s cross with integrity and not feel ashamed of ourselves … For if there was no way by which the righteous God could righteously forgive our unrighteousness, except that he should bear it himself in Christ, it must be serious indeed.”  (The Cross of Christ, 85)

Jesus’ cry of dereliction on the cross was real.  He was not speaking metaphorically, nor was He merely expressing how He felt. 

Jesus died the death that sinners deserve to die.

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.  (II Cor. 5:21)

And we hear the horrific cost to Christ in His cry to the Father.

If we minimize what He expressed in that moment, then we diminish the power of the cross and we cheapen Jesus’ sacrifice.

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”  He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.  (Gal. 3:13-14)

Oh, that I would grasp the spiritual death you died so that I might have abundant life. 

May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ … (Galatians 6:14)