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What God Abandoned on the Cross

The reconciliation of God has a clear impact, but it does not score a direct hit on our behavior. It scores a direct hit on our deep down inherited nature, the capacity for sin built right into human DNA. Unfortunately, capacity for sin plus freedom of choice invariably yields the same result, from Adam and Eve and onward. Before we were born again, all our behaviors were not evil. Since we were born again, all our behaviors have not been good. God does not hold it against us that from birth, we are predisposed to Sin as a part of our natural inherited nature, or that our sinful nature leads to bad behavior. The One exception is Jesus Christ who did not have Adam’s inherent disposition, because his father was Holy God, the Father which art in Heaven, Hallowed be His Name.

Jesus was never born again; because unlike us sinners, once was truly enough for him. All his behaviors were perfectly good and obedient to God, sinless his entire life. Even the words of a sinful dying man are evidence of truth, because a dying man has no reason to lie. As sinless Christ hung on the cross he cried out that his Father had abandoned him. “…about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? That is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Mat 27:46. This proves God’s reconciliation is directed to something other than behavior, because Jesus Christ never engaged in any bad behavior. What God abandoned on the cross was not bad behavior, but the natural disposition, the genetic mold and key of Sin. “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21. God did not alter Jesus’ genetic code on the cross, but he took responsibility for the genetic disposition of sin off of mankind, by holding his son Jesus Christ to account for it instead of us. (In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. John 1:3) So at the cross, God took responsibility for his creative Word which created all things including our natural connection to Sin. He did that by holding His sinless Son to account for Sin, by making Jesus Christ personally, physically, and legally represent all mankind’s sinful disposition. Why? Because in Bethlehem the Word was made flesh. Then, in the final moments, because God is Holy, he was obliged to abandon Jesus at the time when Jesus personally represented the Sin, the ME, MINE and MY WAY of Mankind.

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