Our Lord Jesus Christ was not the only one that has made this statement. In the Old Testament, Psalm 22 verse 1 to be precise, King David made the same cry to God for deliverance and today many of us find ourselves in situations that wants to utterly choke life out of us. For Jesus, it was the period when God turned away from Him who bore the sins of the entire world including those yet unborn.
Our Lord Jesus knew what He was getting into when He chose to become the Messiah. He was very much aware of;
- The rejection from the very people He came to save;
- The conditions he was going to be living in compared to the beautiful place He came from;
- The persecution and dishonor from those who were supposed to be masters and “know it all” in God’s law (the Pharisees and Sadducees.)
- Most importantly, that God will turn away as He Jesus became the carrier of the world’s filth and shame.
Who else can do this except Jesus? As John 15: 13 says,
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
Furthermore, Apostle Paul made us realize the intensity of Christ’s love for the world in Romans 5 verses 6, 7 and 8,
“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Sons and daughters of love, if Jesus could go to this extent to save us and secure our place in heaven with him and Abba, how much more would he do to deliver us from life’s calamities, comfort us in our times of grief and give us assurance of His presence when life doesn’t make sense?
In 2 Corinthians 4: 8-9 the Bible says,
“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”
Many people today feel deserted by God in hardship, trials and even after we sinned and repented. No matter what we go through as Christ’s followers in this fallen world, always remember that nothing can happen to you without His approval. That situation will not destroy you because God is on your side. When it seems even Abba is silent, remember that His silence is not denial nor rejection. Hold fast to His promises to be with you to the end of the earth, (Matthew 28: 20.)
Child of God, dwell not on your feelings – they will mislead you;
Dwell not on your own understanding or you will become your own downfall.
Rather, when you feel alone, broken- hearted and afraid, dwell on God’s love letters to us;
- Isaiah 49: 15-16 – “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? … I am convinced that… neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
- Isaiah 44: 22 – “I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist…”
- Isaiah 60:15 – “Although you have been forsaken and hated, with no one traveling through, I will make you the everlasting pride and the joy of all generations.
- Jeremiah 31:3 – “…I have loved you with an everlasting love,”
- Nahum 1:7 – “The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble,
- Romans 8:35-39 – “I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist…”
Jesus was not forsaken by God; our sins turned God away and only for a moment because He hates sin but loves the sinner. As the Bible says, because of the Lord’s great mercy, we are not consumed, (Lamentation 3:22.) Hold on just a little longer. Don’t end your life – you are precious and that dark future will receive the light of God and you will rejoice for though sorrow may endure for a night, joy comes in the morning.