Trinity at the Death of Jesus
In His final moments on the cross before He died, Jesus cried out His last words, as recorded in Matthew’s gospel account.
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)
This is a stark contrast from the scene of Jesus’ baptism where the Father proclaimed His love for His Son (Matthew 3:17).
At the cross, Jesus not only experienced excruciating physical suffering, but also expressed the anguish of feeling the relational and spiritual separation from the perfect and loving community that He had known for all eternity.
But Jesus knew the purpose in the pain. He knew He would be raised from the dead, seated at the right hand of His Father, and that His death was eternally significant and necessary. He knew that His substitutionary death would be our only channel for restored and reconciled relationship with the Triune God. In the moment, He expressed His very tangible emotions.
Hold fast to this truth, whether you have entered a painful season of suffering, the darkness of sorrow and grief, the dryness of the wilderness, or the loving refinement of discipline—GOD IS WITH US. No matter the trial or how dark it seems, GOD IS WITH YOU. He is for you and has not rejected you, and will never leave your side (Heb. 13:5).
Jesus knows the depths of our suffering. He knows the agony of spiritual and relational separation. He knows the cost of forgiveness. He is our High Priest who can sympathize with our weaknesses and we can run to Him in confidence in our time of need (Heb 4:14-16).
We can find comfort in the rawness of Jesus’ cry to His Father; we are not alone in our darkest hour. God accepts our brutally honest and momentary feelings, yet reminds us that He won’t abandon us or love us less. Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ (Rom. 8:38-39).
Let us find hope today in knowing we have a loving God who understands our pain and emotions and desires us to cry out and run to Him.