You are not Forsaken

“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me”” (Matthew 27:46)?

We recall Jesus’s crucifixion and death on the cross. The story is told that about the ninth hour, there was darkness on the land and Jesus cried out to God. The translation of what he said in Aramaic or Hebrew, was Jesus’s question to God. He asked the father why he had forsaken him. We know that God never left Jesus or turned away from him.

Some stories suggest that God could not look at Jesus as he carried on himself the sins of mankind. Other suggestions are that it broke the father’s heart to watch his only son crucified. Either way, God was in Jesus and his presence remained with him and on the third day, raised him from the dead.

On the third day after his death, Jesus arose from the grave with resurrection power. “He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay” (Matthew 28:6). By this we know that the father never left Jesus alone. His presence was abiding in him during his death, burial, resurrection and ascension.

There are seasons of darkness, when it feels as though God is silent. God is always near and he lives in us. We are never alone and God is with us wherever we go. We have to trust him beyond our feelings and faith requires that we believe beyond what we can see.

Jesus told his disciples, ““I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live” (John 14:18-19).

A.P.-Y.

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