Mark 15: “My God, my God, why did you abandon me?”

In Mark

We are in the middle of a series on the subject of hell-fire, God’s wrath and next week God’s justice. The subject of hell and God’s wrath are related. For example, the 3rd angels message in Revelation 14 describes those who worship the beast as drinking “the wine of God’s wrath” and that “they will be tormented in fire and sulfur.” This is a terrifying passage but what is the meaning? Throughout the Bible, God’s wrath is associated with God “giving up”, “forsaking”, “abandoning” or “handing over” his children to their own foolish choices. Why then were Jesus’ dying words, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” (Mark 15:34). Does the Cross give us insight into the meaning of God’s wrath and how do we tie this together with hell-fire?

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