Gracepoint Fellowship Church SWS – "In My Stead"

Jesus cried out "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" as he was on the cross.  All his followers had turned their backs on him, abandoned him to die.  But at that point, God himself would turn his back on Jesus, not because he was ashamed or embarrassed, or because he was afraid of what others might think of him, but because of his love for you and me. 

2008.07.27 Songs
Hosanna – Paul Baloche
Because Of Your Love – Paul Baloche
You Are My King – Passion
Lead Me To The Cross – Hillsong United

Why did God forsake Jesus on the cross?  The most direct answer is this: so that he wouldn’t have to forsake me.  So that he wouldn’t have to turn his back on me.  I look within and see all the terrible things that reside in my heart, all the things that would rightly make anyone cringe, and I know I would not be able to stand in the presence of the almighty, most high, holy God.  If He is indeed the most high, holy God, then he must turn his back on me.  But because of his great love for us, God who is rich in mercy, imposed the punishment that I deserve on his perfect son, Jesus Christ.  Jesus took on the abandonment from God so that I wouldn’t have to.  Jesus suffered the punishment for sin so that I wouldn’t have to.  Jesus died on the cross and was separated from God so that I wouldn’t have to. 

James Kim
Gracepoint Fellowship Church – Worship Director

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