What shall I do with this Yeshua who is called Messiah? asked Pilate.
They all said, “Let Him be crucified.”
“Why, what evil has He done?”
– Matthew 27:22-23
“Yet you said, ‘I am innocent;
Surely his anger has turned from me.’
Behold, I will bring you to judgment,
For saying, ‘I have not sinned.'”
- Jeremiah 2:35
We all fall short of Gods righteousness and glory. And in His mercy He has given us a way of escaping our truly dreadful condition that demands His judgment. Either we allow Him to take the judgement we deserve, or we face that judgement ourselves, as Jeremiah writes.
This is the essence of Passover.
The man without God and His Son Yeshua, is hopelessly lost. Worse still, he does not even recognize it. Yeshua says that judgment means separation from God, to a place of darkness and torment, where the flame never dies and ones thirst is never quenched. A place of gnashing teeth.
The agony of that separation is why He cried out from the tree:
“Eli Eli lama sabachthani?” which is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
– Matthew 27:46
Don’t let that cry be yours or mine on that day.