On the cross, Jesus cried out a mystifying question: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
A question worth considering! Why did God allow His only Son to die in disgrace?
The answer is this: God forsook Jesus for us.
The Father’s love for you was so great that He traded His only Son for you.
Jesus was excluded, so that you might be included. Jesus was killed, that you might live. Your sin was given to Jesus and everything that was His in His humanity became yours through faith: His righteousness, His place in His Father’s family, His glory.
You inherit all of this by believing that His death was sufficient for you.
Through His own exclusion, Jesus has accomplished your inclusion in God’s family. You no longer have to fear God. God is no longer far from you. Your heavenly Father loves you. And why? Because of the work of Jesus alone.
This is an excerpt from last Sunday’s sermon at Faith Presbyterian Church in Covington, LA. For more, listen here or subscribe to our podcast here.
It was a long time, twenty years in all, that the ark [of the covenant] remained at Kiriath Jearim, and all the people of Israel mourned and sought after Yahweh. (1 Samuel 7:2)
Every person knows this mournful, longing desire.
Feeling like God is far, far away.
Looking up into the blackness of night and feeling nothing but the cold distance of an empty universe.
Longing, begging, and searching for peace.
Wanting to know that there’s a meaning and a purpose to all this.
Wanting some sense of connection with the divine and the eternal and the purposeful.
And as we mourn and long for something bigger—something better—something more satisfying—as we find ourselves in that place of need, God interrupts our longing with grace.
This is an excerpt from this Sunday’s sermon at Faith Presbyterian Church in Covington, LA. Please join us at 10:30am for worship!