The Separation

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"Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour;
but about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is, My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?" Matthew 27:45-46

The centre of the seven sayings from the cross but appeared first and quoted most, five times. (Psalm 22:1, Matthew 27:46a,b, Mark 15:34a,b)

How awesome when the omniscient Christ uttered the word "Why"!

Why? Not the enquiry but the exclamation
Why? Not the answer but the anguish
Why? Not the reason but the reproach

Surely, this is the most holy ground and calls for our highest worship as we think of the sorrow of His death, the shame of His cross and the shedding of His blood when His Soul was made an offering for sin.

"We see Jesus .... by the grace of God He should taste death for every man" Hebrews 2:9

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