It’s hard for me to think about Jesus suffering and death.
In fact, it’s impossible for me to find a word to adequately describe my feelings when I truly pause to think about Jesus willingly allowing Himself to be tortured in every way for my sins.
I can’t imagine the physical pain He endured. And I can’t even begin to comprehend the mental, emotional, and spiritual pain of being “abandoned” by His Father, God.
I wonder what it sounded like when…
At three o’clock Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”Mark 15:34
I wonder if that was the thing He dreaded most when He prayed the night before…
“Abba, Father,” He cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”Mark 14:36
The truth of the cross is that Jesus’ separation from God was and is the punishment you and I deserve.
Because God’s love is so great, Jesus willingly endured our punishment so we won’t ever be abandoned by God if we place our trust in Jesus.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 6:23
And by God’s grace, nothing can ever change that…
No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 8:39
We have so many reasons to thank and praise God but maybe none greater than the truth of the cross.
A Prayer Thanking Jesus
for the Truth of the Cross
Jesus, giving You a simple “thank you” seems so insufficient. You suffered the unimaginable not only enduring horrific pain but willingly suffering the weight of all sin for all people for all time. Sin that caused You to be fully separated from the Father to languish alone. I can’t begin to comprehend what You experienced because of Your great love for us . . . for me.
Lord, I am humbled and overwhelmed. I am sorry for the pain my sin caused You. I repent of my sins. I am so sorry and ask You to forgive me and help me. I want to give You my heart, my mind, my all. I want to be completely surrendered to Your will. I want to trust and obey Your commands. I pray that You will make loving, trusting, and obeying You my #1 heart’s desire. I love You and thank You. Help me live every day for the glory of Your name. Amen.
I think we all have times when God feels far away. Times when we wonder if He has heard our prayers . . . if He’s with us. Times when we feel separated or maybe even abandoned.
But if you remember nothing else today, please remember…
God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”Hebrews 13:5
And Jesus said:
Be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.Matthew 28:20
On today’s note write:
The truth of the cross is that Jesus was abandoned so I will never be.
Pause today and thank God for the truth of His loving presence . . . even if you can’t feel it.
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