The Cross and Exile

Exile, sadly, is a common theme throughout Scripture. The essence of this theme is banishment from the presence and blessing of God. The story of Adam and Eve in the garden is the fountainhead of this theme. Due to their rebellion they were driven away from God’s presence and place. Israel was given the promised land, a return to Eden of sorts. Due to their transgressions they were exiled from the land. The Son of God came. He was the 2nd Adam and the true Israel. He obeyed God perfectly and that obedience brought about the most bitter exile ever experienced. His obedience took him to the cross where he endured banishment from the presence and blessing of God. He was exiled so that those who deserve to be banished from his face might experience it shining upon them. He was driven away that we might come in. He was cast away so that we might never be cast out. Exile is out of the question for those who cast themselves on Christ. He has endured the exile of God so that we never will. This is grace. “Depart from me” are words that will never be heard from the man relying on the gospel.

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