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Caution: Staring At The Son Will Cause Blindness! by tmaples
August 12, 2007, 6:13 pm
Filed under: Devotions

by tmaples 

Erik Raymond over at Irish Calvinist on why we should value Jesus above all else:

This is amazing to me. Here you have Jesus eternally enjoying the uninterrupted glory and joy within the Godhead (Jn. 17.5) and, at the same time, willingly condescending in draping himself in humanity, becoming a servant, humbling himself to the point of mockings, rejection, and ultimately death (Phil. 2.5-8).”

“O’ let it boggle your mind that Jesus Christ left heaven’s beauty to breathe in the smog of our sin and ultimately guzzle the vat of condemnation that we as humanity have been fermenting since that fateful day in Eden.”

 Mike Plewniak encouraged us to develop a habit of staring at the Son.  Let’s stare until we can no longer recognize what’s so attractive about sin.  Let’s stare until the glory of the World fades to black and it’s false imitations are burned away.  Use the quote above as a spring board into meditation on the cross. 

Meditate on Christ willingness to endure the horrors of the cross.  Not just the beatings, mockings, spit, cursings, rejection, nails, hunger, or thirst.  I’m convinced the the horror lay not so much in those physical feelings, but rather in the darkness that enveloped Christ on the cross.  He who lived in unapproachable light from eternity past enjoying sweet continual communion with the Father and the Spirit was swallowed up in darkness.  In an instant darkness covered the land and all you could hear was the terrifying cry of the King of kings “‘Eli Eli, lema sabachthani? that is ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?'”(Matthew 27:46)

He must of seemed like a boy groping, flailing, panicking in complete darkness calling for the Father that he loves,  “Father!? Father!? Where did you go!?”  We must keep in mind he had always enjoyed complete perpetual intimacy with the Godhead, never had he known a moment apart, never had his communion been interrupted, never had he experienced darkness until the cross.

Here’s how Spurgeon portrayed the scene:

“This[darkness] it was that made Him sweat great drops of blood falling to the ground, and this it was that on the cross made Him utter that appalling cry, ‘My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?’  It was not the crown of thorns, or the scourge, or the cross that made Him cry, but the darkness, the aweful darkness of desertion that oppressed His mind and made Him feel like one distraght.  All that could comfort Him was withdrawn, and all that could distress him was piled upon Him” (The Power Of The Cross of Christ, P.98)

Be blinded by the light of the Son for he was blinded by the darkness of God’s judgement for our sin. 

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