46 Then about that time Jesus shouted, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?”which means, “My God, my God, why have you deserted me?” Matthew 27:46
Even though His mother and John were near, most of his disciples had abandoned Him, running and hiding in fear. Jesus went from the height of popularity to the lowest depth of disdain within a week’s time. Not long ago, people were shouting Hosanna and now they are crying out for His death. Jesus is alone.
The Great Divorce
In an unprecedented event, more problematic than His friends and family abandoning Him was the fact that God, His Father, turned His back on Him. How does God separate from God? This truly is the great divorce that God could somehow peel Himself away from His one and only son. Yet because Jesus had become sin, God could no longer look upon Him. If there were ever a moment in history that proved God’s love and Jesus’ love for us, it is this moment, when God turned His back on His son so that He might one day embrace us! It was through this event that God made it possible for us to be made right with Himself.
What is so hard to believe is that God has promised us in scripture that we would never be alone! The God who forsook His only son, says He will never forsake us! Jesus who understands unlike any other what being alone feels like, also promises to never allow us to have to endure such a state!
Questions for reflection
How have you felt alone?
In what ways have you experienced a sense of abandonment?
How have you abandoned Jesus?
How have you felt God’s presence?
How has God used others to reveal his presence to you?
How can you “be there” for someone else?