What was going on in Heaven while Jesus was on the cross?
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. KJV
I see the torn form of our Savior hanging near breathless and contorted crying out, “My God! My God! Why have you forsaken me?”
Did God turn His back on Jesus as he was hanging on the cross?
Answer: God so loved the world.
God loved the world. …So what was God doing while Jesus groaned in agony alone.
In John 5:19, Jesus told his disciples, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. “ NKJV
God did not turn His back. God watched and waited. God groaned in Heaven to forgive us. He loved the world. Jesus labored in his grief and suffering until his suffering reached the height of God’s suffering for all mankind, all His created children. When the suffering of the Only Begotten Son equaled the suffering of His Father, then Father God called the question, “What say you, Jesus? What say you?”
-They aren’t worth it! They will always hurt us and each other! They hate, steal, murder!-
No, Jesus answers God’s question with,
“Father, forgive them!”
The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do. Jesus saw the aching heart of Father God. He chose to be one in His pain. Jesus forgave the men who drove the nails into his hands, the ones who had lied about him in court, Peter who had denied him three times, his disciples who ran away when soldiers came to arrest Jesus. He forgives all of us who have betrayed him over and over again.
Jesus does what he sees the Father doing.
Mark 2:3-10-11 “But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”–he said to the paralytic– I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.”