Jesus never asked us for much, yet he gave us everything he had. He suffered
greatly. He knew in advance how the Roman whips would scourge his body, and cause excruciating pain. He knew that he would be mocked, spit upon, a crown of thorns would be forced upon his head, and he would be beaten beyond recognition. He knew that his flesh would be ripped from his body, and that he would see his own blood pour out upon the ground. He knew that he would suffer as much pain as is humanly possible. He knew that it was Satan doing this, using blinded men, for he said; “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”
Yet, through all of this, he never cried out for help. He knew that there was no help. As he was being crucified, he was thinking of each one of us personally. He endured this for all of us. Although quite a number of people were crucified during that time, he was the only one who did it willingly. He did it for you. And he would have done it for you, if you were the only person who had ever lived. He knew that he was taking our place, and that there was no other way to save us, and he knew the worst was yet to come.
Eli, Eli Lama Sabachthani
Jesus was laid upon a wooden cross and nailed to it. It was raised up by the Roman soldiers. As he hung there, between Heaven and earth for those three hours, the sky was darkened and your sins, my sins and the sins of the whole world were poured out upon him, and judged by God the Father. Jesus then cried out; “Eli, Eli lama sabachthani; My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Jesus was calling to God the Father, and to God the Holy Spirit, who had to turn away from him, because they cannot look upon sin. His cries were in vain. The God-man was alone. This was the first and only time that Jesus knew sin, and it was not only sin, but all sin ever committed in human history. He paid the price of death for each one. Jesus was a man, he was God, and he was totally alone in those three hours taking the punishment of spiritual death that should have been yours and mine.