“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?””(Matthew 27:46 ESV)
The earthly body of Jesus died with a doubt on His lips.
I guess the disciples weren’t so foolish after all…
It took them a lifetime to understand that following Jesus meant that you sometimes followed Him into the darkness.
Darkness makes you doubt the goodness and kindness of God… it whispers that He doesn’t care what happens to you …that He drew you into the dark and left you there.
Darkness affects your sight, not your hearing.
Jesus heard the whispers.
You will too.
Sometimes they sound like a roar…the roar of the enemy seeking to devour you.
Whispered or roared or spoken in casual conversation…if you are hearing that He doesn’t care, that He has abandoned you to the lions of this age…it’s lie.
“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:14–15 ESV)
Jesus made it through.
The lips that once spoke of abandonment before death have now been resurrected and they speak to the Father about you, by name, continually.
“Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:25 ESV)
Because He wasn’t abandoned, you aren’t either.
Because He rose, so will you.
Because He lives, you have life and life more abundantly.
Sometimes you just have to put some headphones on and light a candle.
Make your own application…