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Psalm 22:24


24 For he hath not despised [bazah] nor abhorred [shaqats] the affliction [`enuwth] of the afflicted; [`aniy] neither hath he hid [cathar] his face [paniym] from him; but when he cried [shava`] unto him, he heard. [shama`] KJV-Interlinear


24 For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; Neither has He hidden His face from him; But when he cried to Him for help, He heard. NASB


As Jesus was hanging on the cross, the crowd hurled cat calls, mocking comments, yelled challenges for Jesus to call on God to rescue Him, for God to make all of this go away, for God to save Him. They teased that God had abandoned Him.

But such was not the case.

God has a plan, a divine plan. That plan called for one to mediate between God and man, and that the mediator must be equal with both God and man. Jesus was that mediator.

The whole purpose of the first advent, was for Jesus to purchase mans freedom from sin and assume mans place in judgment for all sin. That mechanism was the cross, on which Jesus suffered the spiritual judgment for sin. The physical suffering which He endured was what we could see which symbolized the real punishment for mans spiritual failure in sin.

For three hours from noon until three in the afternoon, a supernatural darkness covered the world and judgment for sin was executed on Jesus during that three hour time. He screamed and screamed out of the darkness, and then it was over. Daylight returned, He declared the work finished and then exhaled his final physical breath.

Earthquake and storm celebrated the success and finality of Gods work, and ripped the veil in the tabernacle between the Holy room and the Holy of Holies room which opened up the way for mans relationship directly with God.

That was the plan. That was what must be.

God did not abandon Jesus, but most certainly held Him close through the entire ordeal following the divine plan to the letter, thus accomplishing salvation for humanity.

Jesus was made sin. Sin was applied to Jesus so that judgment for sin could be executed against Jesus.

God did not abhor Jesus for His receipt of sin. God did not abhor Jesus for the punishment that was thrust on Him.

God did not turn away, but stuck with the plan of which all three members of the Trinity agreed to, in eternity past.

God heard every word of prayer. God heard every thought, which we have here in writing. God was always there and never left.

God saw the plan through to its completion.

God treats you exactly the same. Though none of us know the divine plan particular to us from one day to the next, and certainly we cannot know what is ahead for us in the far future. But God is always there, seeing our plan through to its completion.

The only real question is, will we see it through too, even if and especially if, life falls apart for us in some fashion.

Do we trust or do we complain and blame.

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