At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. 24 So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”
“I and the Father are one.” No matter how this appears, we look at the context of Scripture and know that nothing is off God’s plan here. The Father and the Son are at work together for the redemption of man. Remember the prophecy in these Scriptures:
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. Isaiah 53:4
Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush Him; He has put Him to grief; when His soul makes an offering for guilt, He shall see His offspring; He shall prolong His days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in His hand. Isaiah 53:10
Remember that Jesus declared, “No one takes it [life] from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.” (John 10:18).”
This is broken fellowship but not broken unity! It the the price that Jesus was willing to pay…nevertheless Your will, Father! Yes, it is extreme, even more extreme than false trials, spitting, beard torn face, brutal beatings and whippings beyond recognition…even more extreme than nails in the flesh and being hung on a cross to suffocate and die. Jesus’ separation from the Father in whom He had enjoyed perfect being and fellowship with from before the very foundation of the world is an extreme cost…and an extreme love. For God so loved…“Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God (1 Peter 3:18).”
I mean, can you imagine? The Holy, Righteous, Pure and Perfect God taking the sin of all the world for all time upon His back. Selah! “For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21).” Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree (Galatians 3:13).
At 9:00 a.m., Jesus was hung on the cross and then at noon it turned dark. The darkness is a symbol of God’s judgment as Jesus the Perfect, Holy Lamb of God takes on the sin of the world. The Father’s wrath is poured on Him and Jesus experiences the abandonment of the Father. Habakkuk declared, “Your eyes are too pure to look on evil, and You cannot tolerate wrongdoing.” The Father to remain true to His person, His nature had to break fellowship. Why? Jesus was paying the debt that was due to claim many sons and daughters, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed (1 Peter 2:24).”
The ransom is being paid. “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45).” Jesus becomes legally guilty of man’s sin and all who believe and trust in His finished work on the cross are now justified in God’s legal court. Case dismissed!
“But there is a great difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gracious gift. For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ. 16 And the result of God’s gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man’s sin. For Adam’s sin led to condemnation, but God’s free gift leads to our being made right with God, even though we are guilty of many sins. 17 For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.
18 Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone. 19 Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous.
20 God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. 21 So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:15-21
Shout now: Hallelujah to the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!!!