[quote="57Bill, post:18, topic:274406"]
"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
I believe it was not entirely as much as the physical pain and torture. It's quite possible that some Saints and martyrs suffered as much or more in a physical reality/pain/torture/death.
It was knowing that by taking on human form He would be separated from His Father for the first time EVER.
"He decended into Hell"...I believe that to mean the abscence of God. Jesus became the perfect sacrifice to atone for all our sins. To be with God is to be rightous. Perfection can only exist in God's presence. Jesus' perfect sacrifice was for us to be with God.
Just to clarify, Christ WAS God, and thus there was never TRUE separation between Christ and God, no REAL absense of God. It is important not to confuse the hyperbolic speech at the beginning of Psalm 22 (the one that begins with "My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?") with an objective reality being stated... the context of verse psalm 22 is that God NEVER forsakes the speaker, but rather that in the darkest of hours the Glory of God is given the most prominant chance to shine forth. Jesus was merely referencing a prophecy which was fulfilled that day, making a direct reference to the scribes so that they would finally realize the magnitude of what was occuring right before them.
We are discussing just this statement in THIS thread...