So here’s something I am definitely NOT grateful for, something I would love to see eradicated from the face of the earth with a flaming sword. It’s the false doctrine and muddled thinking of separation.
Here’s a comment I received, not unlike a bazillion other comments from lost and broken people, from casualties of extreme religiosity, and from victims of their own self-inflicted bitterness.
“ Wherefore expect me, saith the lord,in the days of my resurrection that is to come, for my judgement is to assemble the gentiles, and to gather the kingdoms ,and to pour upon them my indignation,all my fierce anger;for with fire of my jealousy shall the earth be devoured.” If that’s the kind of love being offered you can keep it. Did Jesus really think he was divine or did he preach,” Amen I say to you,there are some of those standing here who will not taste death till they have seen the son of man coming in his kingdom.” He missed the mark on that one,so please explain how a divinity could be so wrong. Because it sounds to me Jesus was a little disappointed in the end,” Eloi Eloi lama sabachthani.” Any thoughts?”
So that first part I believe is from Zephaniah 3, a chapter broken into 3 parts, Judgement on Jerusalem, Purification of the Nations, and Israel’s Restoration. Boy, if you take that out of context and miss the part about being purified and restored, I can see why one might flee! God does not leave us in condemnation and judgement. God does not leave us, period. He is with us through it all, steadfast in His love. Faithful.
The bible is the inspired word of God, but you are reading a book of poetry, history, prophecy, and romance even, as written in the words of men, men doing their best to convey Divine ideas. Any writer will tell you that’s just not so easy of a task. But keep reading that chapter and you soon get to the good part, Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem. The LORD hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the king of Israel, even the LORD, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more.”
This is a tale of a rescue mission, of redemption and restoration, of salvation, not unlike the story of the cross itself. Jesus came for us on a rescue mission, so that through Him we might be saved. For God so loved the world…
The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are One. God is not a cosmic child abuser pouring His wrath out on His own Son, all because He’s mad at us. Jesus is not crying out to His Father, “why have you abandoned me, ” as if He is declaring they are separated, because He and His father are One. There is no separation there. They are One.
One of the tragedies about the doctrine of the Trinity, is that we so often have a really hard time wrapping our brains around how 3 parts can be One whole. Well, I myself am mind, body, spirit, 3 parts in one, made in His image. It all makes sense to me, but if people perceive Jesus as a totally separate being from the Father, nothing is going to make much sense at all! Jesus is actually Divine. John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Who is The Word? Jesus. Who was there in the beginning? Jesus. Who became flesh? Jesus.
Why does Jesus say, “Eloi Eloi lama sabachthani?” I can really only speculate. Perhaps at that moment He felt our own separation from God and He was filled with empathy and grief? Jesus did come as a man and He experienced what we experienced. He empathized with our pain. He carried the weight of the world on His shoulders, all the way to the cross. It would not surprise me at all if what hurt Him the most was our separation from God. He actually laid down His very life to restore us, so the essence of His very mission was to end that separation.
Many people way smarter than me have taken note of the fact that My God, my God,why have you forsaken me, are actually the words from Psalm 22, and He is fulfilling prophecy, speaking the truth of that Psalm which tells of His very crucifixion and ends with, “Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord. They will proclaim his righteousness, declaring to a people yet unborn: He has done it!”
He has done it! Also know as, it is finished.
“He missed the mark on that one,so please explain how a divinity could be so wrong. “
He hit the mark perfectly. He is so not wrong! It is our own understanding, our own muddled thinking that is so often wrong. A real good question to ask yourself is why does the world work so hard to keep me separate from my Creator, to muddle my understanding, to try to convince me that Jesus is not the very epitome of sacrificial love?
Long ago I realized that the number of things that come against you when you simply decide to love the Lord, is downright uncanny. Supernatural. Downright spooky. They come at you from other people, and from within your own mind, just this relentless attack. Makes absolutely no sense, until you begin to realize that if Jesus had not died to end your separation, if the story of His resurrection was not true, then neither would be the forces that work so hard to keep you separated from the Truth…..