Have you ever been through a time when all appeared lost, and you wondered, What’s the use of even trying to go on? I know I have, and it seems if the world at large, including people of faith, have at one time embraced such thoughts and feelings.
If you are among the many listed above, you can vividly imagine the feelings and thoughts entertained by the followers of Jesus Christ, first when He was arrested by the officials of the High Priest, and then placed in mock trial before the corrupt Pilate, who permitted visible false testimony to be used as a pre-text to convict, brutally beat and in other ways torture Jesus Christ.
It’s a safe bet that a few of them heard the gracious uttering of Jesus to His Father,
“Father forgive them for they know not what they are doing!”
Christ forgave the very ones participating in His murder by the “color of law.”
They had to have at least, “Well, He is practicing what He taught us, about forgiving those who do terrible things to us, but how can He do this now?
While He was on the Cross, He responded to the pathetic cry of a brutal criminal for mercy by promising the man a place in paradise with Him that day. How they must have wondered when He cried, “I thirst” and then refused the drugged potion.
Was Jesus Christ teaching us to refuse the cup of the worlds false comfort while going the awful events we humans often face; to wait on God’s Balm to soothe the pain of life?
His soulful cry,
“My God; My God Why have You forsaken Me,
at least hints that felt the inner agony of being “left” to whim of things, to be forsaken, to be alone, that we may be open to His promise to “to never, no never forsake us.”
Hebrews 13:5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." (NKJV).
He was forsaken that we may trust He will never forsake us, thus reiterating the comfort David speaks on Psalm 23, “Even when I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I will fear no evil, because You are with me.” (My loose rendition).
Each of the great lessons about God’s care for us lies somewhat hidden in the “Easter” accounts, and the Empty Tomb is full of comforting truth.
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