Behold, the time is coming, yes, and has now come, that you will be scattered, everyone to his own place, and you will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.–John 16:32 (emphasis mine)
Often I’ve heard, because of verses such as Matthew 27:46, that Father abandoned or turned his back on Jesus at the cross as to avoid sin because he is holy. According to the above verse, this doesn’t seem to be true though. So why would Jesus think that Father had abandoned him? We see in this instant how human Jesus had become. Just like us when we are lost in our sin, we can no longer see Father, though he never moves from us. Jesus became blinded by the darkness of our sin and could no longer, for the first time in their eternal love relationship, feel Father’s presence. This had to be more traumatic for Jesus than we could ever imagine.
As seen in the Old Testament, Father is not afraid of sin. That day at the cross, Father faced sin head on with the Son and the Spirit. God experienced the burden and punishment for our sin. And sin lost! God’s wrath destroyed sin that day and after doing so, Jesus simply stated, “It is finished.“
After this, Jesus, seeing that all things were now finished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I am thirsty.”—John 19:28 (emphasis mine)
Sin and the punishment were finished at the cross!