DAY 22 - FORSAKEN
Now from the sixth hour darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, ... "MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?" And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. (Matt 27:45-50)
The airport is an amazing picture of the effects of separation. Although it is highly probable that relatives will see one another at sometime in the future, and may not even be going very far, still, hearts break, and the deep wells of yearning unblock into springs from our eyes.
For three hours of darkness, Jesus experienced the torment of separation and abandonment from the Father. For Someone who had not only lived in unbroken communion (Jn 5:19) with the Father here on earth, but had for eternity, this brief broken bond was beyond all imaginable heart break for the Son (and for the Father!)
For God to turn His back, because “He cannot look on wickedness” (Hab 1:13), was altogether TOO FAR and TOO MUCH for Jesus to bear! The Psalmist prophesies the voice of the Saviour: “Reproach has broken my heart and I am so sick. I looked for sympathy, but there was none, … they gave me vinegar to drink.” (Ps 69:20-21) But in a hidden masterstroke of Divine genius, Jesus “yielded up His spirit”, in order to re-engage divine communion with His Father ("For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again.” Jn 10:17) Jesus knew that the scriptures said, “YOU WILL NOT ABANDON (forsake) MY SOUL TO HADES” (Acts 2:27) He was FORSAKEN at the Cross, but Scripture precluded abandonment in the grave, so Jesus died on purpose to enjoin himself to the Father again. Brilliant!
Perhaps, in your world, abandonment takes on a different look; like divorce, or betrayal, or adoption, or the untimely death of a loved one, or having needed someone at a critical or important juncture in your life, and they just didn’t show up. Jesus knows that feeling: “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” (Heb 4:15) Take comfort from Christ today.
Father, I pray that I too, like Jesus, will be that determined to stay in unbroken communion with You! Thank you that You understand my real world. And because You know exactly how I feel, I want to take the greatest comfort I possibly can from You today. Amen
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