- The Ninth Forgiveness Saying
- The summit of Adonai’s Love
- Only Adonai Avinu will ever fully understand what took place at the Accursed Tree
- Atoning Sacrifice
- The Sacrifice of Redemption that Covers our Nakedness (Sin)
- Restoration of Unity with the Eternal One
- A ransom must be paid
- For Love and for Joy!
The Ninth Forgiveness Saying:
וַיְהִי כַּאֲשֶׁר בָּאוּ אֶל־הַמָּקוֹם הַנִּקְרָא גֻּלְגָּלְתָּא וַיִּצְלְבוּ אֹתוֹ שָׁם וְאֶת־אַנְשֵׁי הָרֶשַׁע אֶחָד מִימִינוֹ וְאֶחָד מִשְּׂמֹאלוֹ׃ וַיֹּאמֶר יֵשׁוּעַ אָבִי סְלַח לָהֶם כִּי אֵינָם יֹדְעִים מָה הֵם עֹשִׂים וַיְחַלְּקוּ בְגָדָיו לָהֶם וַיַּפִּילוּ גוֹרָל׃
Forgiveness from the Accursed Tree
When they came to the place called Gulgata (The Skull) they crucified Him there with the two wicked men (criminals), one on His right and the other on His left. Yeshua (the Salvation of Adonai) said, “My Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”
The summit of Adonai’s Love:
The purchase of forgiveness by the Savior-Redeemer Yeshua came at a much higher price than the temporary forfeiture of His physical life. There at Gulgata (גֻּלְגָּלְתָּא-Golgatha), the place of “the Skull,” the odious, horrific sin of the world and the torturous, tormenting wrath of the Righteous Father were mixed together, then flooded into Messiah’s consciousness. The wrath of the Father was poured into the Innocent One’s consciousness like one pours wine into a cup, a cup of death. The Salvation of Adonai (Yeshua), our Messiah, sacrificially drank all the contents of the cup of our sin and the righteous wrath of Adonai that is mixed with it. The Messiah Yeshua was filled to the full with our sin that had somehow, mysteriously become His sin. The crucifixion of our Lord is a witness both to the Righteous Father’s hatred of sin and to His great love toward us. We should never think of the accursed tree as though it simply involved an innocent Person dying for guilty persons. On the accursed tree the heavenly Father sacrificed His own Self, in the Person of His Beloved Son, to bear the judgment for us, by which we were found condemned to judgment by the righteous Law of Moses. It was there that the Non-offending One died to set us the offenders free. Rabbbeinu Yeshua’s sacrifice on the accursed tree was, is, and always will be the summit of all of the revelation of our heavenly Father’s Great Love for you and me.
Only Adonai Avinu will ever fully understand what took place at the Accursed Tree:
No one but the heavenly Father will ever fully understand what took place at the accursed tree. No one but Adonai Himself can adequately explain the nature of what took place within the Divine consciousness on that day. One cannot fathom the indignity, the shame, the physical and spiritual anguish that was endured by the Suffering Servant. He was stripped naked. He was flogged. He was spat on. He was repeatedly, violently, struck in the face. His beard was literally torn off (pulled out by the roots) from His already battered, bloody, disfigured face. His head was garlanded with thick, piercing, thorns. Yet, the Forgiving One in compassion and mercy cried out:
Avi (My Father-אָבִי), forgive them for they know not what they do.
Messiah’s tortured voice still echoes down through the corridors of human history and even beyond, into eternity. This sacred, somber, and singularly most troubling event in all human history will forever remain shrouded in mystery. Beyond the reach of any created being’s comprehension. Our heavenly Father who dwells in heaven, He alone fully knows just how truly great, magnificent, and awesome the redemptive sacrifice of His Beloved Son has been. Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of Adonai! How unsearchable His judgments and His paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the Mind of Adonai? Or who has been His counselor? Who has ever given to the Almighty One that Adonai should repay Him?” “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen.
In re-visioning humankind’s dead-end story of sin, the Holy One determined that He would re-create, re-story all things by and for Messiah and for His glory. The Righteous Father decided to send His Son to justly provide through His atonement a common and saving grace for the salvation of any person who would repent of his sins, believe on Messiah’s name, and thereby, receive through Yeshua the heavenly Father as the Father of All (Avi-khol).
The Sacrifice of Redemption that Covers our Nakedness (Sin):
The Hebrew word for atonement is kaphar (כָּפַר), meaning to “cover over,” “atone,” “propitiate,” “pacify.” In the Torah the verb kipper (כַפֵּר) is used to convey the meaning of turning away wrath (i.e. the wrath of Adonai directed at humankind’s sin). The paradox of the Tanakh is repeated in the Brit Chadashah when Adonai Himself provides the only effective means of removing His own wrath. The Father’s love is visibly demonstrated in His sending His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Therefore, the propitiation of Adonai is the gracious provision made by the Holy One Himself, whereby the effects of His righteous anger against sin is averted. Then the transgressor is allowed to receive the blessings of His paternal love without infringement of His holiness and moral government. In other words, Messiah’s death was a substitute for sinners like you and I. Avinu Shebashamayim imputed the guilt of our transgressions onto the Strong One. The Messiah who is our Kinsman Redeemer bore for us the just punishment that we deserve.
Restoration of Unity with the Eternal One:
The accursed tree that is configured in the ancient Hebrew Sign of the Tav (indicating covenant, purchase, and ownership) provides, therefore, propitiation of the Righteous Father’s wrath and the just grounds on which our fellowship with Abba Avinu is restored.
A ransom must be paid:
Redemption is the specific means by which our salvation is achieved. It is the payment of ransom. The efficient cause of redemption is the Holy Spirit. In the Torah the Hebrew terms pada (פָּדָה) and gaal (גָּאַל) indicate to redeem or free by paying a price and thereby affecting a release by ransom. In the Brit Chadashah these Hebrew terms are translated as “buying,” “procuring,” “loosing,” and “freeing.” The noun redemption speaks of the emancipation that occurs through payment of a very high price. Occasionally (in ancient times) the word redemption is used to denote the act of purchasing in a market, especially a slave market.
וְהוּא יִפְדֶּה אֶת־יִשְׂרָאֵל מִכֹּל עֲוֹנֹתָֽיו
And He will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.
Adonai promises in the Torah to “redeem” Israel from all her sins (Psalm 130:8). Jeremiah 33:8 declares the impossibility of self-ransom and the fact that Adonai must unilaterally save us through His own strong right arm:
וְטִהַרְתִּים מִכָּל־עֲוֹנָם אֲשֶׁר חָֽטְאוּ־לִי וְסָלַחְתִּי לכול־עֲוֹנֹֽותֵיהֶמ אֲשֶׁר חָֽטְאוּ־לִי וַאֲשֶׁר פָּשְׁעוּ בִֽי׃
“I will cleanse them from all their iniquity by which they have sinned against Me, and I will pardon all their iniquities by which they have sinned against Me and by which they have transgressed against Me.”
Therefore, the Messiah was sent by the heavenly Father to us to redeem us from the “curse” of the law (that we can never perfectly live up to it). The meritorious cause of redemption is foreshadowed in the blood of the Tabernacle and Temple sacrifices. These are symbols of the blood of Messiah. However, the blood of the Suffering Messiah cries out a better message than that of Cain. Instead of vengeance, the blood of Messiah cries out, “I love you.” “Father forgive!” Man is the “object” of reconciliation. Through our faith in the Messiah we are substantively changed from enemy to friend. We who formerly as transgressors of the Law feared Adonai’s wrath now rejoice in the heavenly Father’s Presence.
For Love and for Joy!
Why did the heavenly Father make all of these incredible sacrifices to redeem you and I from sin and reconcile us to Him as our Father and as our friend. Yes, for love but also for Joy! It is for the eternal Joy of returning things back to the way they were always intended to be that Abba Avinu went through all of this trouble. No doubt the prize of the eternal Joy that is ahead in the new heavens and the new earth is so great that Adonai considers all of this loss as nothing in comparison to the Great Joy that is in store for Him and His children. We will forget completely this time of sin, suffering, and death. We will remember it no more. The taint of it will be completely removed from our conscious being. Jeremiah informs us that the reason why our heavenly Father endured the insults and the shame, why He sacrificed so very much is for JOY!
וְהָיְתָה לִּי לְשֵׁם שָׂשֹׂון לִתְהִלָּה וּלְתִפְאֶרֶת לְכֹל גֹּויֵי הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר יִשְׁמְעוּ אֶת־כָּל־הַטֹּובָה אֲשֶׁר אָֽנֹכִי עֹשֶׂה אֹתָם וּפָחֲדוּ וְרָֽגְזוּ עַל כָּל־הַטֹּובָה וְעַל כָּל־הַשָּׁלֹום אֲשֶׁר אָֽנֹכִי עֹשֶׂה לָּֽהּ׃
“It (this redeemed community; literally city) will be to Me a Name of Joy (Shem Sason-שֵׁם שָׂשֹׂון), praise and glory before all the nations of the earth which will hear of all the good that I do for them, and they will fear and tremble because of all the good and all the shalom (הַשָּׁלֹום) that I make for it.”
Therefore, what have we learned in this the Ninth Forgiveness Saying of the Messiah? We have learned that He for the Joy that was set before Him endured the suffering on the accursed tree, and despised the shame. The suffering of an atoning death was considered as nothing to the Father and the Messiah in comparison to the Great Immeasurable Joy of returning us to a righteous, joyous loving relationship with Him and each other. This is why the Messiah said just hours before His time of sacrifice:
אָמֵן אָמֵן אֲנִי אֹמֵר לָכֶם כִּי אַתֶּם תִּבְכּוּ וּתְיֵלִילוּ וְהָעוֹלָם יִשְׂמָח הֵן־אַתֶּם תֵּעָצְבוּ אָכֵן עָצְבְּכֶם יֵהָפֵךְ לְשָׁשׁוֹן׃ הָאִשָּׁה כִּי תַקְרִיב לָלֶדֶת עֶצֶב לָהּ כִּי מָלְאוּ יָמֶיהָ וְאַחֲרֵי לִדְתָּהּ אֶת־הַיֶּלֶד לֹא־תִזְכֹּר עוֹד אֶת־עִצְּבוֹנָהּ וְהִיא שְׂמֵחָה כִּי־אָדָם נוֹלַד לָעוֹלָם׃ וְגַם־אַתֶּם כָּעֵת תִּתְעַצָּבוּ וַאֲנִי אָשׁוּב אֶרְאֶה אֶתְכֶם וְשָׂשׂ לִבְּכֶם וְאֵין־מֵסִיר שִׂמְחַתְכֶם מִכֶּם׃
“Amen, amen, I say to you that you will weep and wail, and the world will rejoice. Yes, you will be grieved; but surely your grief will be turned to SASON-JOY (שָׁשׁוֹן). The woman that is about to give birth has pain because her days are fulfilled, but after she gives birth to the child she no longer remembers her pain; she is SIMCHA-HAPPY (שְׂמֵחָה) because a person was born into the world. You too will now be grieving, but I will return and see you, and your heart will REJOICE, and nothing will take your HAPPINESS away from you!”