Monday, April 2, 2012


Mat 27:46 - "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?""

This verse portrays the culmination of hours of hanging upon the Cross. At this point the weight of the sin of the world taken upon Himself must have been more then Jesus could bear and He cries out, not from physical pain, not from fear, but from the feeling of being separated from the Father by sin.

Jesus felt forsaken and abandoned by God for the first time in His life.

Sin has a way of doing that to a person.

The forsaken streak continues unbroken.

I wonder if Jesus feels forsaken when His sacrifice gets trampled underfoot by those who mock Him even today?

How about those who have not acknowledged God? Or those who had but walked away?

The face of God turns away from the sin of man and the only bridge between God and man is the Savior Jesus Christ.

How many relationships are breeched and broken by people who refuse to forgive and remain estranged and forsaken from each other?

Jesus is familiar with it.

He wants to make it right between us and Him. Between you and others.

Jesus suffered that for us in order to attain a greater good.

We on the other hand just obstinately suffer for no good reason at all.

How about if we just give it back to Jesus instead of carrying it around?

How about replacing forsaking with forgiveness?

Out of Jesus being forsaken by the Father came the forgiveness of mankind.

Out of us accepting and receiving what Jesus did comes the ability for us to turn our face back toward others in forgiveness as well.

Keepin' it Real,

Pastor Kevin <><

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