Everytime I watch this video I realize something different. This time, last night, I found that the scene of Jesus’ last moments stuck out to me the most. It has always bothered me how a few of Jesus’ last words were “Father, why have you forsaken me?” Its always left me feeling a little unsettled and nervous. Why would he say that? How could Jesus doubt Gods love? But watching the scene again last night I realized thats not at all what he was doing. For three hours the sky turned as black as the sin that was put on Jesus’ shoulders, and God turned away. God could not look as Jesus took on our punishment. Perhaps that is the most heartbreaking part of the crucifixion. Oh the anguish our Savior must have felt as he bled there on the cross and the Father turned away! How alone, how distraught, how forsaken! Those last words, that phrase, was the very utterance of the pain Jesus felt. The proof that although he was 100% God, he was also 100% human. He was one of us. And although he was sinless, he experienced pain that we can never comprehend. That we will never understand, and that we will never have to bear. And as he hung there on the cross, rejected by those he was dying for, thorns piercing his head, nails through his hands and feet, cuts scattered across every sqaure inch of his body from the whippings, his soul pierced by every sin that ever was, is, and is to come, and His father turned away, He uttered a brief expression of the impossible pain he was enduring. Making it impossibly realistic, unfathomibly relatable. Purely heartbreaking.
Im forever thankful.