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Love Cries Out

Hello Friends,

Love cries out to us from the Cross

Matt. 27:45-46  “Now from the 6th hour until the 9th hour there was darkness over all the land.  And about the 9th hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani, that is, “My God, My God why have you forsaken me?”

You can hear the voice of your Savior as He cries out the words of Psalm 22:1, “My God, My God why have You forsaken me?” The poignancy of the sound pierces into our heart. Don’t you find it interesting that He refers to “My God, My God,” rather than call to His Father? There is a sense that Jesus, from the weight of our sin, knew He could not call out to His Father, could not rely upon that intimate relationship and that He must call forth to The Supreme Being, His own God, that One “who judges righteously,” (I Peter 2:23). God did not answer because though He hears, though He sees, His own righteousness and justice prevent Him from answering the cry.

His question is rhetorical. Jesus, really expects no reply. He is alone, alone for us! He shouts loudly so all the forces of hell can hear Him. Jesus, this man, is no wimp.

The world often portrays Jesus as meek which it seen as weak. But meekness is defined as “humility wrapped in strength,” giving us another picture. It is never demonstrated so vividly as here from the Cross, Jesus, the “meek” lamb cries out with a loud voice to His/our God, who cannot answer Him. We hear the cry, our Savior’s humble plea and in the very loudness of it, we hear His strength.

Love cries to us in offering, the offering of His very own separation from His Father. Can you see the chasm, that vast expanse between them? Let your spirit feel it. He offered Himself to that separation, to the severing of the intimacy that He and His Father shared. He did it out of love for us, so that we would never have to be separated from our Father again.

As He cries out from the cross with a loud voice, it is His love crying out to us. What is the cry that you hear? Is it the weight of your sin or failure? Is it your stubborn rebellion, “I can’t, I won’t, it’s not the right time, I’m not ready?” Are you letting your own waywardness silence the cry from the Cross?

Listen! Listen! Darkness!

Darkness has covered the land. Are you covered in darkness? Listen to the loud cry of your Savior from His Cross. What is the cry of your heart? Oh, that it would be, “let me know You Lord! Let me hear Your cry from the cross. Let your cry pierce my own heart so that my one desire is to be close to You.”

Love cries out to us from the Cross

Blessings,

Joanne Wilson

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