Dear Reader, the road to the cross is not for the faint of heart. Reflecting on the suffering and sacrifice of Jesus is hard, but how can we come into a closer relationship with Him if we don't dig a little deeper? Let us go on this difficult, but necessary, journey together.
Supper was over, the grown-ups were settled in for stories and chats, and it was getting dark on that summer night. My older brother and Robin thought it was a great time to go bike riding around our tiny hometown.
Even though most 3rd graders were full-fledged bikers, I was still a little wobbly. Neverthess, there was no way I was whimping out! DISCLAIMER Some gross motor activities have always been hard for me, like riding a bike. A diagnosis in my 40s gave a new name to being a klutz: bi-lateral neuropathy.
And it was great, for a while. The air had finally cooled off. The streets were flat and deserted, so biking easy. And I was getting to hang out with the big kids. What could go wrong?
Nothing until the big kids I trusted as only an eight-year-old can, decided to ditch me.
Alone...abandoned...disoriented...disheartened...and scared. I was deserted by the ones I trusted, and I couldn't understand how they could do it.
From noon to three, the whole earth was dark. Around midafternoon Jesus groaned out of the depths, crying loudly, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”
Matthew 27: 45-46 MSG
There's no other way to describe the feeling of being deserted by someone you trust except, "It sucks!"
I am so sorry, Dear Reader, if you have had that experience, no matter how large or trivial. And no matter how great or small , Jesus gets it.
My God, my God, why have you deserted me?
Why are you so far away?
Won’t you listen to my groans
and come to my rescue?
Psalm 22:1 CEV
The face of God turned away from His only-begotten Son; the son who bore our sins. Can we begin to fathom the magnitude of rejection Jesus seems to have experienced? He made a choice in Gethsamene (Matthew 26:39), a choice to pay the price of heaven in full.
But heaven wasn't enough for Jesus. Through His passion we can be healed on earth, and brought into a closer relationship with Him. When Jesus paid the price of heaven, it was only the beginning of the story He longs to write with each of us.