We have escaped like a bird out of the fowler’s snare;
the snare has been broken, and we have escaped.
Our help is in the name of the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
Mark 15:31-39 (NASB)
In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes, were mocking Him among themselves and saying, “He saved others; He cannot save Himself. “Let this Christ, the King of Israel, now come down from the cross, so that we may see and believe!” Those who were crucified with Him were also insulting Him.
When the sixth hour came, darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour. At the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “ELOI, ELOI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?” which is translated, “MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?”
When some of the bystanders heard it, they began saying, “Behold, He is calling for Elijah. Someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed, and gave Him a drink, saying, “Let us see whether Elijah will come to take Him down.”
And Jesus uttered a loud cry, and breathed His last. And the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.
When the centurion, who was standing right in front of Him, saw the way He breathed His last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”
He did something on the cross that day that penetrated to the depths of our problems and answered them. There are two ways to raise questions–one is to raise them academically, discuss them, and thus search for a logical answer. The other is to raise those questions in one’s own being and life and then give the answer out of life itself. Jesus did that on the cross. He raised in His own tortured body the deepest questions that life can raise. . . As He cries out, “My God, why?” it seems that He is gathering up into that cry all the questions that have ever made men doubt the goodness and love of God and have made them cry out against the heavens.”
-E. Stanley Jones
“‘When a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor’s stead, the table would crack and Death itself would start working backwards.'”
-C. S. Lewis, from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken,
let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,
for our “God is a consuming fire.”