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Suffering God’s Judgment on the Cross (2)

Luke 23:45 The sun’s light failing; and the veil of the temple was split down the middle. Heb. 10:19 Having therefore, brothers, boldness for entering the Holy of Holies in the blood of Jesus, (20) Which entrance He initiated for us as a new and living way through the veil , that is, His flesh.

Matthew 27:51 tells us that the veil of the temple was torn in two “from the top to the bottom.” This tearing of the veil signifies that the separation between God and man was abolished, because the flesh (signified by the veil) of sin, of which Christ had taken on the likeness (Rom. 8:3) had been crucified (Heb. 10:20). “From the top to the bottom” indicates that the rending of the veil was God’s doing from above.

In Luke 23:44 and 45 we see two matters accomplished by God: darkness coming over the whole land and the veil of the temple being torn. These are signs proving that from the sixth hour until the ninth hour, that is, from noon until three o’clock in the afternoon. God came in to judge the Redeemer, who was dying as our Substitute. His death was not for Himself; it was for us. Therefore, we may call His death a vicarious death. This death was accomplished by Him for us on the cross and under God’s judgment. …God put all our sins upon the Lord Jesus. In the words of Isaiah 53:6, “the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” The darkness signifies that God had put our sins upon Him. Furthermore, 2 Corinthians 5:21 says that God made Him to be sin for us. Hence, God not only put our sins upon Him; He even made Him to be sin on our behalf. This took place during the second period of three hours.

It was also during these hours that God forsook the Man- Savior (Mark 15:34). Because the Lord is God’s beloved Son, God always delighted in Him. But because God regarded Him as our Substitute, as the One who bore our sins and was made sin for us in God’s sight, God forsook Him. In the sight of God during those hours the Lord was a totality of sin.

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