BUT THEN SUNDAY CAME!
"Our fathers trusted in thee, they trusted, and thou DIDST DELIVER THEM. Theycried unto thee, AND WERE DELIVERED;they trusted in thee, and were not confounded. But I am a worm, and no man; areproach of men, and despised of the people." (Psalm 22:4-6)
Psalm 22 describes in intimate detail the death of Christ upon the cross. After severancefrom Christ from God BECAUSE of
the only thing Christ has left
ISFAITH AND TRUST IN GOD.
He must place all of His faith, all of His trust in the promises that God will deliver His own. Christ went from a union, which requires nofaith, because faith is for that which is not known, not seen. Union does not require faith,
because union is based upon an experiential knowing, a seeing."Be not far from me, for trouble is near; FOR THERE IS NONE TO HELP."(Psalm 22:11)
Again I would ask why Christ would make such a statement if God were in fact still inunion with Him. This is a statement of aloneness, of separation, or hope that God, whilenow severed, is still near. If union were still a fact, God would
BE IN CHRIST, ANDCHRIST WOULD KNOW IT.
The statement to be not far away is a statement that Godis gone, and Christ is pleading that He not move FAR, FAR AWAY. There are many such proofs in Scripture, all which prove that Christ did indeed die a spiritual death upon thecross, and payment number one in the
MOST AWESOME PURCHASE EVER MADEIN THE HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE.Physical Death
The sequence that Christ went through on the cross follows exactly the sequence laiddown in Genesis, for the creation and fall of man:
1. Creation with a live spirit2. Sin enters in, and spiritual death follows instantly.3. Physical death will now follow because of spiritual death.4. After physical death, descent to the pit to await the second death.
To the unbeliever and the scoffer, no amount of evidence will be accepted, because theheart is not right to accept any evidence. You could transport the mocker and scoffer back through time and let him watch the entire event and he would come up with some reasonto reject it. The next payment due from Christ is physical death, because man must die a physical death.