Posted by: William | May 23, 2008

Seven Sayings – Chapter Four

For more information on this edition of Reading Classics Together, swing by Challies.com or pick up the book, The Seven Sayings of the Saviour on the Cross by Arthur W. Pink.

This week in Seven Sayings Arthur W. Pink expounds on Jesus’ word of Anguish taken from 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?”

Pink makes plenty of poignant observations and cutting admonishments to the unbeliever and believer alike, but what I decided that I’d like to mention, was his reminder that the cross of Christ was not only Jesus’ demonstration of love, but of God’s demonstration of holiness and totally inflexible justice.

He says it like this:

The tragedy of Calvary must be viewed from at least four different viewpoints. At the Cross man did a work: he displayed his depravity by taking the Perfect One and with “wicked hands” nailing him to the Tree. At the cross Satan did a work: he manifested his insatiable enmity against the woman’s seed by bruising His heel. At the Cross the Lord Jesus did a work: He died, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God. At the Cross God did a work: He exhibited His holiness and satisfied His justice by pouring out his wrath on the One who was made sin for us.

In Jesus’ cry, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” we meet the climax of the testimony of his sacrifice. It was at that moment that all of the wrath of God against sinful people was diverted onto the Perfect One.

That is more than noteworthy. It’s mindblowing.

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