Daily Devotion on Good Friday
Text: Matthew 27:32-56
Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachtani?
This is Good Friday in an Aramaic nutshell.
We can only imagine what it was like to be beaten and bludgeoned and bloodied and then to be nailed to a cross. No, rather, we can’t imagine. People aren’t executed like this any more. Even the most vile criminals today are executed in humane ways. The pain must have been unbearable–battling blood loss, battling asphyxiation, battling traumatic shock. Any human being would cry out in great agony and pain.
And yet, even if we could somehow remotely relate to Jesus’ gruesome physical pain, we will never ever truly know the horror and anguish of the words Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachtani? In English: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
What is it like to have God turn his back on you and forsake you? What is it like to have God no longer be with you or bless you? What is it like for God to stop showering you with grace and love?
What is it like?
It’s like hell.
Actually, it is hell.
Jesus was experiencing the full-blown consequences for sin. Hell is the price to pay for disobeying God. Hell is the price to pay for falling short of his glory. Hell is the price to pay for serving yourself rather than God, even just once.
Thanks to Jesus, we won’t ever know what that was like. As true man and true God suffered hell on the cross, he was suffering once and for all.
That includes you. That includes me.
As you meditate quietly on the passion of our Savior on this Good Friday, give thanks to the God of all grace and mercy that Jesus did this for you and for your salvation.
Prayer: Jesus, I will ponder now on you holy passion; With your Spirit me endow for such meditation. Grant that I in love and faith may the image cherish Of your suffering, pain, and death That I may not perish.
Posted on April 6, 2012, in Church, Daily Devotions, Preschool and tagged Church, Crucifixion, Daily Devotions, Death, Forgiveness, Good Friday, Hell, Holy Week, Jesus, Matthew, Matthew 27, Passion, Passion of Christ, School, Suffering. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.