What does that mean? The bible tells us Jesus not only died for our sin but He became sin for us. Once this happened, God had to temporarily turn His back on Jesus. In the same way sin separates us from God, it also separated Jesus from the Father during His ordeal on the cross.
Can you imagine what this must have been like for our Lord? Not only was He suffering more pain than any human could possibly endure, He had also been separated from the love of God. Never before had He experienced this, since He and the Father have always been One.
When Jesus could no longer perceive the love of our Father in His heart, how did He find the strength to finish His work on the cross? I believe He found strength by thinking of everyone who would be saved through His tremendous act of love and courage. When He was drowning in darkness and unbelievable pain, I believe Jesus remembered each one of us; those who had passed and those not yet born yet, who would receive His gift of salvation, made possible because of His sacrifice.
Millions of Christians owe their salvation to Jesus...but I am convinced that even if only one person would have been saved, our Lord still would have endured everything He did. That's because even though He is Lord to many, He is also Lord to one. Each and everyone of us has a unique relationship with Him. He knows how to reach us individually, but in different ways. He is God to all but He is also your God right here and now.
So to you who is reading this right now, I am convinced Jesus thought of you when He was suffering on the cross. Our Lord knew if He could just endure a little longer and complete His mission, it would mean you could be saved from hellfire and the chains of sin. His love for you helped motivate Him to victory over death, which shattered its hold over your life.
The love our King has for you is great and cannot be measured! For this reason, let's not forget to take time out of each day to spend time with Him alone and thank Him.
(Scripture references: Isaiah 53, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Matthew 27:46)