Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” And some of the bystanders, hearing it, said, “This man is calling Elijah.” And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine, and put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink. But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.” And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. Matthew 27, 45-52
What really happened on the cross? Why was it required for Christ to suffer such a violent death at the cross, was the cross an event just for fallen man, or was it something so much bigger.
I don’t think we have yet truly apprehended, nor understand the magnitude of this cosmic, universal event, which was displayed at Cavary.
This great event was not an event in space and in time only, this event was a cosmic, universal moment, which transcended all time and space.
The cross of Calvary was being displayed near the city of the earthly Jerusalem, but it was also displayed in the heavens.
I don’t think we are able to understand, nor to apprehend the magnitude of what transpired on the cross. God dealt with this ageless universal evil, in his own Godhead once and for all time.
The penalty for sin and evil was so great, that only god himself could deal with it, by his own Godhead, in the eternal Son.
This cosmic event not only delivered and cleansed the earth, but it also delivered cleansed the heavens?
This event brought deliverence for mankind, but it also brought judgment to another kind.
At the cross mans evil was judged, but at the cross universal cosmic evil was also judged.
Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not mine. Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.
John 12, 27-32
The real drama, which was taking place on the cross, was also taking place in the eternal cosmic world of the heavenlies, which is situated outside of the history of time and space.
Time was witnessing this cosmic other worldly event, which was being diplayed outside of time, but at the same moment in time.
This cosmic sphere of a hidden relam of invisible evil realities, who brood over the cosmos, came under the divine judgment of the eternal God, who created all things in Christ.
Having blotted out the bond written in ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us: and he hath taken it out of the way, nailing it to the cross; having despoiled the principalities and the powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Colossians 2, 14-15
We speak wisdom, however, among them that are full-grown: yet a wisdom not of this world, nor of the rulers of this world, who are coming to nought: but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, even the wisdom that hath been hidden, which God foreordained before the worlds unto our glory: which none of the rulers of this world hath known: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory: 1 Corinthians 2, 6-8