Abundant life, Encouragement

Felt It, Paid For It

There are many times when people feel alone.  When people come to the alter besides repenting, many people who want us to pray for them bring their fears, worries, sickness or loneliness.  The alter is a place to come to not only meet Jesus but to seek His total love, intimacy and all that He has for you.  This holy week as we are concentrating on what Jesus did for us and the resurrection, let us ponder on everything He went through.  At the last minute of life He cried out to the Father asking “Why have you forsaken me.”  This cry from the cross is for all the lonely people of the world.  It is for the abandoned child ,the widow, the divorcee struggling to make ends meet, the mother standing over the bed of her sick child , the father out of work, the abused children, the prisoner in his cell, the aged who languish in convalescent homes, wives abandoned by their husbands, singles who celebrate their birthdays alone,the teen whose emotions leaving them feeling suicidal and the soldiers fighting in war.    

jesus-on-crossWhen Jesus died on the cross He fulfilled what Isaiah wrote about.  Isaiah 53

     But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities ; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,  And by His scourging we are healed.
     All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way ; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him.
     He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth. Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth.By oppression and judgment He was taken away.

When he did that, Jesus was alone. Completely forsaken. God-forsaken. Abandoned. Deserted. Disowned and Rejected. He felt all the emotions, struggles, and agonizing pain of all humans face daily. He took all the sickness so we would claim our healing.  He took our sin, so we wouldn’t be judged.  He took our burdens, cares and worries so we wouldn’t feel overwhelmed with anxiety or worries in daily life.
This is the word from the cross for you. No one has ever been as alone as Jesus was. You will never be forsaken as he was. No cry of your pain can exceed the cry of his pain when God turned his back and looked the other way.  
       He was forsaken that you might never be forsaken.
       He was abandoned that you might never be abandoned.
       He was deserted that you might never be deserted.
       He was forgotten that you might never be forgotten.                                                                                  He was rejected that you may never face rejection.

Those who trust him will never be disappointed, in this life or in the life to come.  Jesus paid for it all.

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