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"My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"

This is one of the seven statements from Jesus on the cross. It is the darkest moment. He cannot refer to "Father" as He hangs in the place of the sin offering. The Father's fellowship seems distant for the first time in Jesus' life. The Father looks away from the representative of the sin of the world of men. The last Adam, undoing the damage done by the first, triumphing in uninterrupted obedience.

There is the overwhelming sense of Jesus' grief and loneliness in this unmatched situation. Never had a human being experienced such enormous obligation. The paradox of it all staggers us. Priest becomes sacrifice. Teacher becomes lesson. Blessing becomes curse. Righteousness becomes sin.

Remember these verses in 2 Corinthians 5:
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who k…