The Cross – Billy Graham’s Message to America

Jesus is the answer, no doubt.

Sadly, Dr. Graham said something very wrong based on Matthew 27:46. He said that God the Father and Jesus were separated at the cross. Absolutely not.

Jesus was quoting Psalm 22 and the answer to its meaning is in the verse.

Psalm 22:1
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me,
so far from my cries of anguish?”

It isn’t that Jesus and the Father were separated (never let it be said they were as they are one!), it was that God poured out His wrath on Jesus in our place, He would not save Jesus from the brutal death He suffered. It was God’s will for Jesus to be crushed (Isaiah 53:5). It pleased God to satisfy His justice (Isaiah 53:10) at the cross of Christ so that we might be saved.

The night before the crucifixion Jesus prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42).

The quote is at 16:11.

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One Response to The Cross – Billy Graham’s Message to America

  1. Gum Boocho says:

    Yes, “My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me,” does indicate that the Lord Jesus was separated from the Father. This cannot be a separation withing the Trinity. It must be understood as a separation from the human nature of Christ. Just as God the Son never gets tired, but the Lord Jesus in His human nature got tired, so one thing can be true of His human nature & another of His divine nature: One person = 2nd person of the Trinity; two natures: God & man. Fact is that sin separates from God. On the cross the Lord Jesus who was without sin, bore our sin; they our sin became “his” sin.

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