Jesus Made A Way

When Jesus prayed, he consistently addressed God as “Father”, but in the Gospel of Mark, we find a couple of exceptions. When praying in the garden before his arrest, Jesus addressed God as “Abba,” which was a Chaldean term that meant “papa” or “daddy.” It is a term a young child would use (Mark 14:36). The next time we read of Jesus addressing God, he addresses him as neither “Abba” nor “Father,” but “God.” When translated, he said, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” This is the only time we see Jesus referring to God as God, not Father or Abba. It raises the question of why? Why, at this moment, did Jesus do something so out of the ordinary for him? I believe the best explanation is that when Jesus uttered those words, the Father-Son relationship had been broken, because Jesus took on humankind’s sin which alienated him relationally from his Father. So, Jesus addressed him as any other sinner might. A sinner can’t address God as Father, because until he or she is in relationship with Jesus, he or she is not a son or daughter. In that moment, Jesus was like any sinner and addressed God in that way. Jesus voluntarily placed himself under the Old Testament system, reflected in the design of the temple, which separated God’s presence in the Holy of Holies from man with a curtain. It was permissible for the high priest to enter God’s presence only one time a year on the day of atonement with the blood of a sacrifice. However, when Jesus died, that curtain in the temple was torn from top to bottom, demonstrating that in Jesus, people could now approach God. Because of what Jesus accomplished, those in relationship with Jesus have full access to God our Father, just as Jesus does.

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