Jesus subjected Himself by His Divine will to suffer in His humanity. Jesus demonstrates this when He takes the disciples with Him to Gethsemane and begins to suffer. His final kenosis begins in the garden. He opens Himself, He bares naked His soul bereft of Divine assistance to the assaults of evil for the consequence of sin. The sins of His Body of which we are members.
This suffering is human in every way because He denies Himself any consolation but allows the consequence of our sin assault His soul, emptied and in a state no different than our human soul deserves, suffering the assault of sin.
He begins shedding blood not from His flesh but from His soul. He recoils from the experience of this assault so much more than we ever would. We are familiar with the consequence of sin on our soul He wasn’t. The kind of death that comes with it was so much more foreign to Him as well. In His humanity, He experiences what is natural and He recoils from the experience of sin and death. He prays to the Father because He naturally recoils from the terrors of sin and a torturous death. His prayer is not answered. He is denied Divine help.
Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him with pain.
When you make his life an offering for sin,
On the cross Jesus suffered in obedience to His father’s will. His Father’s pleasure was that He suffer what in His humanity He recoiled from and prayed not to have to do. When the moment approached, the moment that any human instinctively avoids as long as possible, His soul barren of any heavenly support from the assaults of Satan and the consequences of sin, His body having suffered the same at the hands of evil men, Jesus experiences the natural human horror of death and being abandoned to the consequences of sin by His Father.
33 When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land[h] until three in the afternoon. 34 At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”[i] 35 When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, “Listen, he is calling for Elijah.” 36 And someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.” 37 Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last.
The experience of abandonment was entirely human and natural. It began in the garden and was confirmed by His unanswered prayer to the Father. The human suffering of Christ included the father’s will to abandon Him to the consequences of sin and death at the hands of evil men and the assaults of the fallen spirits to His soul.
The Love for His father is expressed in obedience to His Father’s will. The will that He obeyed but prayed that it could change. The Father was pleased to abandon His Son to the consequences of sin.
I can’t comprehend that kind of love.