“From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over the whole land.” Matthew 27:45
We watched as Jesus was nailed to the cross. With each pound of the hammer a shiver went up my spine. Jesus cried out, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?” (Matthew 28:46) The pain was great. But, it wasn’t the physical pain, although I can only imagine how great that was! Think of it—nails driven through your feet and through your hands holding you upright with all the pressure of gravity pulling you downward. It must’ve been excruciating! But, that wasn’t the pain Jesus was feeling. It was the pain in His spirit because you and I had turned our backs on Him and have sunk deep in our sin. For this He gave Himself up on the cross.
God has forsaken not even one! We are the ones who have done the forsaking. But, there is hope. Even so, Lord Jesus come. Jesus has died, but now He lives! We can hold on to the promise that “God will never leave us nor forsake us.” (Hebrews 13:5)
Do not be lost in your sin—your broken relationship with God. He is waiting for you with open arms. Turn to Him and give up your willful ways. He will appear to You as He did the women who found His tomb empty. Don’t look back, move your being towards the future He calls you to with faith, hope, and love for “joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5)
Lord, help me to open my eyes that I may see You more clearly. Keep me close to You in the storms of life. Be not crucified in my heart. Let my soul soar as I imagine the totality of life with You. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.