Borrowed Truths

That Moment

that moment
Borrowed Truths

That Moment

I needed to mention this to a person that I was speaking to the other day, because it was necessary as part of the context of the conversation, and I could tell that as soon as I did, they had never thought of it in the manner that I gave it.

The subject was the cross, in particular, the moments of Christ’s time upon it and the price that He paid, along with the verse the previous day when He said, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” (Matt. 26:39) I bring this up because I believe when these two accounts are brought together in context, what most people envision is the extreme pain and degrading of crucifixion, a subject matter that I will not go into detail here, for it is a painful enough topic for us who can envision that moment without going into the physical details, but that is exactly my point.

When most people think on that moment, they think only about the physical suffering, and forget or do not bring to mind the totality of that prayer in the Mount of Olives, the separation of the Son from the Father. It had never happened before, and it will never happen again.

Read chapter 8 of the Book of Proverbs, “I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.” (12) “I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.” (23) “Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him.” (30) Never separated, never apart, not once ever, until that moment. “Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.” (Isaiah 53:10)

Words that are difficult to read, much less contemplate, yet they must be accepted as truth. Here is the closest facsimile that I can offer at this time to that moment, and it falls so far short of the truth of that short time that it may not assist you at all. I would ask you to think here on the person in your life that loves you the most, the one you trust above all others, that would literally die for you if it meant the continuation of your life, that inseparable part of you that you cannot bear to think about ever being without. Now imagine that they are going to hurt you in every possible way imaginable, for just a short time, and they are going to do it with gladness, on purpose. And even more than that, imagine that you have whole heartedly agreed for this to happen to you, and you willingly submit to this torture.

That is as close as I can get, and it does not even begin to scratch the surface of that moment. All the wrath, all the fury, with intent, poured out from the Father to the only begotten Son. That is the price that was paid for you and me. “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Heb. 12:2) “If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.” (Heb. 6:6)

Now, I ask you to take into consideration everything that I have just written down, and place this along with it, what He did He did not have to do, He chose to.

It matters not how long eternity is, we will never understand the totality of this love, we will never comprehend those moments of separation, when three in one, the Triune God, was for a short time ripped apart. Those in the deepest part of hell, not even Satan himself will ever feel anything even close to the wrath that was poured out on the Lord Jesus Christ that day.

I would ask that you contemplate one final thought here, in the hopes that it may alter your future, or at least the way that you will approach it. All the sins that you are going to commit before you die, have already been paid for on that cross by the Lord, every sin was placed upon Him that ever was and ever will be committed. The price has been paid, in full, there is no debt burden upon anyone, and never will be ever again. All we need to do is accept the One who in love paid that price for us. That is called grace.

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