Weakness in Matthew

I was just reading Matthew, and I have a question to bring up.

Given that the world would be made more broken from the Fall in the Garden of Eden until the Son of Man returns, in order that Gods love story might be perfected, is that weakness also meant to align with Scripture in that Christ became progressively more weak, up until the point of his death? Look with me for a moment in scripture. From Matthew 26 on out, Christ foretells of his betrayal by Judas and denial by Peter. You’ve got the last disciple denying (and selling him) just as the first. One of the differences between the two is that in his inequity, Peter wept (Matt 26:75) and Judas hanged himself (following chapter). So Christ, having foretold of these things, takes his disciples with him into Gethesemane to pray. He pleads with God while still obedient to his will twice, each time realizing that the disciples he had taken to keep watch were actually sleeping. Recognizing that he was alone, he takes leave of them and prays to his father alone the same prayer. At that time he knew his hour had come.

So he was arrested by betrayal, tried unjustly, not even to answer his own sentances, denied by Peter, who was his first disciple, brought to be put to death before the Governor Pilate, forsaken for a criminal, beaten beyond anyone’s wildest dreams, mocked by soldiers and by utter blasphemy, crucified, and after his side has been pierced and he has cried out “Eli, Eli, lema sabacthani” (My God, my god, why have you forsaken me?), he finally renders up his spirit and dies.

In order of the closest people he loves unto the furthest, and from most delicate to most severe punishment, Christ dies. First betrayed by those he ate with, and then with the world. First with simple lies and deception, and then with utter death. The words Christ cried out (Matt 27:46) have always captivated me, because I didn’t understand why God could have forsaken his son. If he and Christ were always of the same spirit, how could they be separated? But I think I understand it now. Throughout his entire life, Christ made himself as weak as mankind, progressively, on our behalf. Because there is no greater punishment than to be cut of from God, Christ feels forsaken as Israel once felt forsaken before they were brought out of Babylon. All the pain of the world was upon him, so why not the very real pain of feeling forgotten? To me, this is the worst of any pain, and deserves it’s mention way past mortal wounds, mockery, and insults. You can kill the body, but to be forsaken by God is hell of it’s own regard, let alone that being cut off would have scenery to match that feeling. Christ’s death is a reflection of the depths of the utter weakness of the world, especially in that he bore all sin for the sake of us. His death was like a mirror held up to the places people thought would forever remain hidden, and continues to be. He was made the weakest among us in order to be glorified on our behalf, for our sake. It is a true testimony to what God has been allowing us to do to one another and this planet for his son to die and he hold his fire until all things can be absolutely and permanently changed, with the second coming. In order to judge in completion, Christ died completely broken and despised, as he will come back in perfect glory. Just to be clear though, we are lucky in that God has never forsaken us. Christ was the only one legitimately forsaken, because all of us who believe in his Holy Spirit have him with us, just like he often accompanied people to their homes to heal their dead and sick rather than making them walk alone.


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I am a second-grade teacher and pastor-to-be who loves people. I spend my weekends with friends or wandering the museums of DC alone and with a journal, trying to put words on the places of the soul that still feel wordless. I spent most of my days at school trying to learn patience through my students and running on sheer nerdy passion. I follow Jesus Christ, and savor that as my most important identity--that I am a child of God, as are infinite others, regardless of their other identities. Christ is my one thing.

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