Monday, May 18, 2015

"Not Forsaken"

"And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"  Matthew 27:46

The other evening my grandbaby spent the night with me.  Before bedtime I gave her a bath.  I have several small tub toys lined up on the side of the bath tub for her to play with.  Among them are a fish, a horse, a pig, a cow, a lamb, etc.  One by one she placed the toys in the tub with her.  She put them all in the water except the lamb.  She left it there.  I said to her, after a while of playing, "Poor little lonely lamb.  He is alone all by himself."  At that moment the Holy Spirit spoke to me. 

Jesus was the Lamb of God who came to take away our sins.  When He hung on the cross, He hung there alone.  He was left by Himself.  His disciples had abandoned Him.  The Heavenly Father had forsaken Him and turned His back on Him.  He faced His most trying time alone.  He faced the enemy by Himself.  He faced the torment, the persecution, the pain, the rejection by Himself.  No one was there holding His hand.  No one was comforting Him.  No one was reaching out and embracing Him.  No one gave Him a shoulder to cry on.  No one held Him in their arms.  He was totally alone. 

While on the cross, Jesus defeated sin.  He gave us freedom from the power of sin.  He reconciled our relationship back to the Father.  He made a way of forgiveness so that we could have eternal life.  But He did so much more for us as well.  He was forsaken so that we would never have to be.  In His "aloneness" He made the provision that we would never have to be alone.  When we walk through dark places, trying times, raging storms, temptations of life, the attacks of the enemy, persecution, trials, times of grief and anguish, we are never alone.  Man may not be there with us.  People may abandon us.  Friends and family may forsake us, but we can rest assured that the Heavenly Father will never leave us nor forsake us.  He placed that on Jesus so that we never have to experience it.  Because of what Jesus went through for us, we never have to ask the question, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"  Because He never will.

Have a great day.  Jesus was forsaken so that you and I never have to be. 

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