I used to preach the sight of all man’s sin on Jesus was so horrific that God had to turn His back (2 Cor. 5:21). I taught that relationship (fellowship) was broken between God and Jesus because of our sin. I concluded this prompted Jesus to cry out: “My God, my God why have You forsaken Me?” It made for good drama, and I never imagined I was wrong.
I could be wrong now. I believe there is more evidence that God did not forsake Jesus on the cross then there is that He did. When Jesus asked why He was forsaken, the people at the cross did not interpret Jesus’ statement to mean he believed God turned His back on Him. Rather, they understood Jesus assumed God would rescue Him (Matthew 27:46-47, 49; Mk. 15:35-36)! Jesus expected to be in paradise on the day He died (Luke 24:43). After the temple veil was torn, which occurred after Jesus’ cry of rescue, He said: “Father, into your hands I commit my Spirit” (Luke 23:46). Jesus did not talk as if He believed he was forsaken by God, nor did the people who heard Jesus’ statement believe He thought that, either.
What about the idea that God had to turn His back, necessitating three hours of darkness, because of the nightmarish sight of all mankind’s sin on Jesus? I’ll have to let others defend their position on that. What I can tell you is that God saw the ENTIRETY of man’s sin BEFORE we were created (Eph. 1:4-7). If God could create mankind with full knowledge of our sin, then what He saw the day Jesus was crucified was not a surprise. I do not believe God turned His back on Jesus when He was crucified. As a matter of fact, Jesus anticipated God’s deliverance, not abandonment (Psalm 22:19-24).
If you think your sin is too bad that Jesus won’t forgive you, think again. If you think God is disgusted by the very sight of you, then you don’t know the love of God. If God can love all of us with FULL KNOWLEDGE of every sin committed, then He loves us today. God never forsook Jesus, and God will NEVER forsake YOU!