We live in an age of Christianity that often formula-izes God and His reach.
If that’s true then either Jesus really goofed up or God let him down.
For three years, Jesus stayed ahead of the Pharisees.
The crowds marveled at Jesus as the Pharisees and religious leaders turned up their noses. Judas turned the table for those leaders. They had a grand plan for Jesus and it came together: a turncoat giving away information, false witnesses, and Roman officials in town to put the legal touches on the execution.
But before any of this could happen, Jesus spent the night in the garden of Gethsemane.
Painfully, agonizingly, praying for this cup to pass.
But something went wrong.
God didn’t “show up” and save Jesus.
Jesus didn’t get His prayer answered.
Instead, he died.
And a lot of how wasn’t “necessary” for God’s mission of propitiation. A simple clean execution would have sufficed for the spilling of holy blood.
Instead, the disciples watched Jesus mocked by His enemies, stripped naked in front of His mother, beaten and painfully nailed to a cross.
They must have thought that God had forgotten His son.
On the cross, it became even worse.
Because Christ became sin for sinful man and opened the way for God to love us, God literally turned his back on Christ at the cross.
This led Jesus to cry out “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?”
End of story?
Because of what Christ went through, we are free from ever having God turn His back on us. Instead, God’s need for justice is completely satisfied.
God will never turn His back on you.
He is each day the father of the prodigal son running to the hilltop hoping that today is the day we will come back to Him.
The day Jesus’ father let him down was the greatest day in human history for you and me.