It was not the fear of finality but the fear of separation that gripped Jesus on the Cross.
It is the deepest emotional pain one can experience and epitomizes the salient result of sin: separation. God’s sole “it is not good” before the Fall was when He acknowledged that He created Adam for a relationship, not only with Himself but with someone formed and fashioned from his own flesh. “This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh!” “…the two are united into one.” Marriage is the earthly picture of a relationship’s divine purpose: permanence, passion, and purpose. More than sins’ shameful weight and the spear and nails’ searing slice was the stark terror of contemplating separation from His Father. The Father did not turn away because of His inability to gaze at His sin-soaked Son but because He knew that the price of sin was silent separation.
This all-knowing Father God turned His ear and gaze from His beloved Son, the Son Who knew no sin, yet bore all sin; the One Who cried out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”!
And because God turned His back on His Son for a season, we need never suffer separation from God for eternity.
Edited © 2021-0327, David Veliquette (originally written 2003-0327)