Fourth word from the cross
By David Eck
Originally posted March 28, 2014, at I’m Christian. I’m Gay. Let’s Talk. Republished with permission of the author.
To feel forsaken is a very scary place to be. To witness the death of dreams and the betrayal of friends is a heavy burden to bear. To feel isolated from others and from God can crush our souls and break our hearts.
We take comfort in this fourth word from the cross because it reminds us that even Jesus felt forsaken by God while dying on the cross. If he felt forsaken, he completely understands how we feel when we find ourselves in the same place.
Hebrews 4:15-16 reminds us of this truth: "For Jesus is not some high priest who has no sympathy for our weaknesses and flaws. He has already been tested in every way that we are tested; but He emerged victorious, without failing God. So let us step boldly to the throne of grace, where we can find mercy and grace to help when we need it most." (The Voice)
Jesus has walked where we have walked. He has journeyed through every high mountain and low valley, every victory and defeat, every triumph and temptation. This is good news because we have a Savior who understands us inside and out. We have a Deliverer who made the journey from death to life. He promises we can do the same if we believe in him.
We embrace this word from the cross as good news. It reminds us that even when we feel forsaken, we are never forsaken by Jesus. Nothing can ever separate us from his love: not death nor life, angels nor rulers, not things present nor things to come, not height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation. Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. We are NEVER forsaken brothers and sisters. NEVER!
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