Recently, I've come up against some spiritual questions and thoughts that I just can't seem to make sense of in my mind. I know the Holy Spirit is our teacher and the Bible holds all we need to learn and grow... so is it wrong that I still want some discussion? I guess it is if I'm looking for validation from you or if your opinion means more to me than the leading of the Spirit. But lets proceed on the assumption that those two things are not true (and I'll do some meditating on whether they may be).
If serious discussions aren't your thing, it's ok. You're welcome to exit here. Really, I won't be offended and I'll send you off with a song... a new favorite!
So...we're told that God turned his back on Jesus on the cross. Diving right in, my question is "why"? Why would he do that? What kind of Father would physically leave his son during his toughest time? And not only his son, but also himself! If it's not true that God can't look on sin (literally, because we know that he can see it and be in the presence of it) and if we agree that nothing we do or don't do threatens His holiness, then what other reason might there be? What am I missing?
Jesus bore our sin and our shame on the cross. Sin came by disobedience in the garden and shame immediately followed making them hide from God. God sought them out, but the shame made them view him differently. Shame fills us with embarrassment before God, makes us focus on our failures instead of on his grace and power and ultimately makes us feel estranged from God. But it's not because God is not with us during our sin or during our shame. At the very point in which we feel that he is a million miles away, he is actually right beside us and in us. Is it not possible that the separation that Jesus felt on the cross was not because God's face was turned away, but because (as he bore our shame) it FELT like his Father had left him?
Thoughts? Corrections? Additions?