THE SPIRITUAL AGONY OF A LOST SOUL
Jesse M. Hendley
It is a wonderful thing to be saved and an awful thing
to be lost. The Lord has graphically portrayed to us
the awful doom of an unsaved soul in Psalm 22. Will
you turn with me now to that Psalm? Remember, this is
the Word of God, and someday you and I must meet it.
God's Word is Truth.
We read here, "My God, why has thou forsaken me?" This
Psalm is foretelling the cry of the Lord Jesus Christ,
dying for the sins of the world on the Cross. You
remember that he was crucified about nine o'clock in
the morning. At high noon in the blackness of midday,
He lost the sense of the Presence of God.
All through His life, Jesus had had the sense of His
Father's Presence. As the time approached for Him to
go to the Cross, He talked to His disciples about His
death. He said to them, "I am going to Jerusalem and
fall into the hands of the Gentiles and be crucified,
but My Father is with Me." As He hung on the Cross, in
His very first prayer, He said, "Father, forgive them,
for they know not what they do." He prayed thus for
His persecutors, His tormentors. But at high noon
there came a change. The earth was in great darkness,
and suddenly from His tortured lips came the horrible
scream, "My God! My God! Why hast THOU forsaken Me?"
Jesus was forsaken of Jerusalem. He was forsaken of
Nazareth, His hometown. He was forsaken of His mother.
He was forsaken of His disciples. Until now, He had
been able to say that His Father was still with Him.
But from now till three in the afternoon, Jesus Christ
was forsaken even of God. He became GOD-forsaken THAT
YOU AND I MIGHT NEVER BE FORSAKEN OF GOD. Why was He
forsaken? Because Christ became SIN for us. God could
not look upon SIN even in the Person of His own Son.
Jesus had never sinned, but He was taking upon Himself
the sin of the whole world, and for three hours God
left His beloved Son hanging alone b ...
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