Marrk 15:21-47; I Kings 11; Hosea13
There is perhaps no greater moment of agony in the story of Jesus than one moment on the cross: “And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?’ Which is translated, ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?'” Jesus who had walked with God and whose claim that He and the Father were one was was the final blasphemy that gave legal cover for his crucifixion was crying out feeling as if God had left Him. Even then the mocking continued as they wanted to see if Elijah would come for Him. Forsaken. Abandoned. Dying alone in front of hundreds on the cross. It was at this point that the sins of the world fell on Jesus and the Father turned His face away. Every sin in the past; every sin in the future was paid for there on the cross. That payment was available to anyone who sought God’s forgiveness then. It’s been available for every person who has sought God’s forgiveness since then. Jesus endured that sin and punishment so that we would never be abandoned by God. We may feel it at times. We may think that we’ve deserved it because of our sins at times; but all was paid for at the cross. We may feel abandoned by God and others, but God will never leave us. A current song reminds us that “You are not alonel if you are lonely.” God walks with each of us every day and He seeks to forgive us. We are never forsaken.
Dear Lord, I don’t deserve to have Your love. I’ve sinned against You. I’ve gone my own way. If I got what I deserved, You would turn Your face away and forsake me as You did to Jesus on the cross. Thank You for Your grace and forgiveness. Thank You that You love me and will continue to love me and walk with me not because I deserve it, but because of Your great love.