March 28, 2018 – David Niquette, Teaching Pastor
This Holy Week, walk with me through the biblical pathway that brought our Savior to death . . . yes, to hell! Observe what I have underlined. I comment at the end:
Mark 15:34-35. At the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “ELOI, ELOI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?” which is translated, “MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?”
Luke 23:46 NIV. And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, “Father, INTO YOUR HANDS I COMMIT MY SPIRIT.” [see Psalm 31:5] Having said this, He breathed His last.
1 Peter 3:18-19. 18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; 19 in which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prison . . .
Ephesians 4:8-11. 8 Therefore it says, “WHEN HE ASCENDED ON HIGH, HE LED CAPTIVE A HOST OF CAPTIVES, AND HE GAVE GIFTS TO MEN.” 9 (Now this expression, “He ascended,” what does it mean except that He also had descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, so that He might fill all things.)
Hebrews 2:9. But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.
Ps 16:10 KJV. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
And Apostles Creed: [Jesus] “…was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended into hell.”
Commentary: Jesus literally and spiritually tasted death for all of us all. Death is separation. Physical death is separation of one’s spirit from one’s body, the immaterial part of us from the physical part of us. Spiritual death is separation of our human spirit from the Spirit of God.
Again, Jesus tasted death for us all, even spiritual death. “My God, why have you forsaken me!” Physical death – yes, but spiritual death, too. In a mystery that rivals all else, the darkest moment of the Calvary event was this: Jesus experienced what it was to have His Father turn His face away. Separation! No aspect of Christ’s physical anguish could compare to this!
Bottom line: He was FORSAKEN – so that we who are God’s children by faith will NEVER BE!