I’ve just been reading about Christ’s last moments on the cross.
He cried out, first: Eloi, eloi; lama sabachthani?, which means, My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?
After that, the people suggest He must be calling for Elijah the prophet. Jesus is offered wine vinegar on a sponge, tied to a pole. Then they mock Him further, saying Let’s see if Elijah comes to Him to take Him down from the cross. If he does, then we’ll believe.
The madness of sin.
Here’s how God Almighty addresses this from Heaven:
We are told next that the Lord gave up His Spirit with a loud cry. The first thing He said, we are told in other accounts was: It is finished.
Lastly, He commends His Spirit to God, then breathes His last breath.
Straight afterward, God Almighty rips the temple curtain in half from top to bottom. This tells us that we can now come to Christ for forgiveness. What absolute mercy. Real, real mercy.
You have just witnessed via the Scriptures the death of God’s son. His only begotten Son, Whom He loved.
Remember Abraham? He was told to give up Isaac. Then he was stopped, right at the last moment, giving us a picture of the new covenant to come.
We have just seen the new covenant completed. God Almighty, in His absolute mercy has just given the world a gift. The tearing of the curtain which separated us from God because of our sin. Without calling to Christ for forgiveness, we are yet separated from God. Our sins make us filthy in God’s sight. But, when we come to the throne of grace, having believed we are nothing in God’s sight, we beg Him for mercy and forgiveness and that is exactly what happens.
When we turn from our sin to God and ask for His mercy, we are doing something unimaginably miraculous. Miracles still happen, and heaven rejoices over them. The biggest miracle is the one where God forgives a person who asks Him to.
Do not delay. If you have tasted that the Lord is good, go to Him and ask for His mercy. Forget the madness of sin. Turn away from your evildoing. Turn to Christ, and He will make your paths straight.