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Donald Whitney – When God Turned His Back on Jesus

Matthew 27:33-56

33 And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull),
34 they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall, but when he tasted it, he would not drink it.
35 And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots.
36 Then they sat down and kept watch over him there.
37 And over his head they put the charge against him, which read, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.”
38 Then two robbers were crucified with him, one on the right and one on the left.
39 And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads
40 and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”
41 So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying,
42 “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him.
43 He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” 44 And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way.
45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour.
46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
47 And some of the bystanders, hearing it, said, “This man is calling Elijah.”
48 And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine, and put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink.
49 But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.”
50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.
51 And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split.
52 The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised,
53 and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.
54 When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!”
55 There were also many women there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him,
56 among whom were Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

Christians do question God at times.

Perseverance only develops when prayers go unanswered.

Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

How did God forsake Jesus?

1) Complete darkness – the judgement of God on Christ

Matthew 27:45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour.

2) Failure to deliver Christ from the cross.

Psalm 22:22:1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?

3) No comfort for Jesus

Psalm 22:11 Be not far from me,
for trouble is near,
and there is none to help.

Psalm 22:19 But you, O LORD, do not be far off!
O you my help, come quickly to my aid!

4) Allowed people to ridicule Christ. Even the thieves dying on the cross mocked Jesus.

Matthew 22:39-44

39 And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads
40 and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”
41 So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying,
42 “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him.
43 He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” 44 And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way.

Psalms 22:7 All who see me mock me;
they make mouths at me; they wag their heads;
8 “He trusts in the LORD; let him deliver him;
let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”

5) Allowed physical suffering

Psalm 22:14-

14 I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax;
it is melted within my breast;
15 my strength is dried up like a potsherd,
and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
you lay me in the dust of death.
16 For dogs encompass me;
a company of evildoers encircles me;
they have pierced my hands and feet*—
17 I can count all my bones—
they stare and gloat over me;

6) God forsook Jesus inwardly. Jesus had never known separation from God. God is Holy and Jesus was made sin for us.

Psalm 22:3 Yet you are holy,
enthroned on the praises of Israel.

Sin separates Jesus from God. The wages of sin is death … even for Jesus, much less for us.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

God’s Holiness is unimaginable and His Justice is inflexible. God cannot look on sin.

God’s punishment was on Christ and His mercy was on us. Substitution.

The Valley of Vision Prayer

Love Lusters at Calvary

My Father,

Enlarge my heart, warm my affections,
open my lips,
supply words that proclaim ‘Love Lustres at Calvary.’
There grace removes my burdens
and heaps them on thy Son,
made a transgressor, a curse, and sin for me;
There the sword of thy justice smote the man,
thy fellow;
There thy infinite attributes were magnified,
and infinite atonement was made;
There infinite punishment was due,
and infinite punishment was endured.

Christ was all anguish that I might be all joy,
cast off that I might be brought in,
trodden down as an enemy
that I might be welcomed as a friend,
surrendered to hell’s worst
that I might attain heaven’s best,
stripped that I might be clothed,
wounded that I might be healed,
athirst that I might drink,
tormented that I might be comforted,
made a shame that I might inherit glory,
entered darkness that I might have eternal light.

My Savior wept that all tears might be wiped from my eyes,
groaned that I might have endless song,
endured all pain that I might have unfading health,
bore a thorny crown that I might have a glory-diadem,
bowed his head that I might uplift mine,
experienced reproach that I might receive welcome,
closed his eyes in death that I might gaze on unclothed brightness,
expired that I might forever live.

O Father, who spared not thine own Son
that thou mightest spare me,
All this transfer thy love designed and accomplished;
Help me to adore thee by lips and life.
O that my every breath might be ecstatic praise,
my every step buoyant with delight,
as I see my enemies crushed,
Satan baffled, defeated, destroyed,
sin buried in the ocean of reconciling blood,
hell’s gates closed, heaven’s portal open.
Go forth, O conquering God, and show me
the cross, mighty to subdue, comfort and save.

~ Love Lustres at Calvary, in The Valley of Vision

He turned His back on Jesus to turn His face on you.


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G3 Conference

G3 Conference – Gospel, Grace and Glory

The Date

January 24th – 26th, 2013

The Location

Pray’s Mill Baptist Church in Douglasville, GA.  Douglasville is a suburb of Atlanta sitting just 25 minutes west on I-20 from downtown Atlanta and only 30 minutes from the Atlanta airport.

The Mission

The purpose of the G3 Conference is to exhort Christians to become grounded in sound doctrine and to be passionate missionaries for Christ. The purpose of the G3 Conference is to create a blaze in the hearts of those who attend – by the Word of God – to shake the neighborhoods and the nations with the gospel of King Jesus.

The Preachers

Paul Washer
David Miller
Tim Challies
Steve Lawson
Donald Whitney
Voddie Baucham
Joel Beeke
Chip Thornton
Jon Payne

The Registration

  • OPEN: Registration = $159 (November 6th – 30th)
  • Late Registration $200 (December)
  • Last Chance Registration $300 (January 1st – 23rd)

 

My one complaint is that there is no way over that short time frame to hear these preachers enough. 😉

 


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Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health [Kindle Edition]

Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health [Kindle Edition] by Donald Whitney

Free Kindle Book for a short time.

Here are the ten questions the reader faces:

1. Do you thirst for God?
2. Are you governed increasingly by God’s Word?
3. Are you more loving?
4. Are you more sensitive to God’s presence?
5. Do you have a growing concern for the spiritual and temporal needs of others?
6. Do you delight in the bride of Christ?
7. Are the spiritual disciplines increasingly important to you?
8. Do you still grieve over sin?
9. Are you a quicker forgiver?
10. Do you yearn for heaven and to be with Jesus?

I have never read Whitney but he has a review from Mark Devers of Nine Marks of a Healthy Church.  Always use discernment and be Berean (Acts 17:11).

 


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