August 15, 2022     7:04 am
126. Week of Fifth Sunday in Lent - Saturday
"My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?
          Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?   Mathew 27:46
          When the sixth hour had come, at noon, the sun was darkened, and there was a darkness over all the land until the ninth hour, until three o'clock in the afternoon. This was no eclipse of the sun such as we know of, for it was the time of the full moon. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice: "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" which means: "My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?" Some of those that stood there, when they heard this, said: "He calls Elijah." - That must have been a gruesome darkness in those three hours! What did Jesus go through in those three hours? No one knows nor does Scripture tell. So much, however, is certain that in those three hours Jesus was forsaken by God. We know this from the cry He uttered.- No living man can comprehend what it means to be forsaken by God. In body and soul Jesus was forsaken by God. That was the curse of hell and the pain of hell. He who was made to be sin for us was made also a curse for us. (Gal. 3:13.) Then, just then, Satan must have seen his opportunity. He summoned all his forces for a last desperate attack upon Jesus, in order to get Him into his power and to ruin Him. More than this we cannot say. Terrible! Inconceivable! But the Saviour overcame it all. All the onslaughts against Him came to naught. And thus He redeemed us from the power of the devil and from eternal damnation. We who in faith are His own shall never experience what it means to be forsaken by God. No; God, for Jesus' sake, receives us into His full fatherly favour. And what that means we shall perceive and enjoy and experience in the blessed life to come.
          PRAYER: - My Lord and Saviour, I thank You that You were forsaken by God in order that I might not be eternally forsaken by Him. My Heavenly Father, for the sake of Christ, whom You made a curse for me, You receive me and bless me with the infinite fullness of Your blessings. God Holy Spirit, O Spirit of the Father and of the Son, let me apprehend these mercies in true faith, until in the regeneration of blissful eternity I shall fully comprehend all things and extol You for them eternally. Amen.

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August 15, 2022     7:04 am