Saturday, March 26, 2016

Never Alone

From the first "Not Good" decreed by Father - it is "not good" for man to be alone - Adam (humankind) has believed the lie of separation. You hear the depth of its torment reiterated in the cry of the psalmist in Ps. 22, "My God, my God. Why have you forsaken me?" And again we hear those very same words echoed in the ragged breath of Jesus has He becomes one with the depravity and evil of mankind's sins, lies and wretchedness.

Feasting on the depths of our darkness has He hung on the cross. His body broken for us that we might be made whole and holy by His Father's love.

The strength of these famous last words of Christ is not that they resonate so strongly with the human heart, though we all have indeed felt alone and forsaken in our pain and dark moments.  

No, the strength lies in the heart of that very same psalmist who later in verse 19 and 24 answered the plea of his own heart's cry with truth. "But You, O Lord, be not far off; O You my help, hasten to my assistance...For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; Nor has He hidden His face from him; But when he cried to Him for help, He heard." A prophetic hope and encouragement that would live through the ages. A timeless truth that has sadly been veiled to many hearts.

On Good Friday, many sit in increased darkness hearing the seven last sayings of Christ. My prayer for all is that this truth come alive within you: Father God NEVER turned His back on His own Son and He's NEVER forsaken you. Father and Jesus are ONE and we are IN Christ. Father did NOT "separate" Himself from Jesus because of our sin.

No, Love joined Him there. 2 Cor. 5:19 says it best, " namely, that (Father)God was IN Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them...

Jesus Himself said in John 5:19, "Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner." 

There is another with nail scarred hands. The Father Himself loves you. The Incarnate One embodies the love and the presence of the Godhead entering our aloneness. The power of His incarnation, God with us is settled by the finality of His resurrection, God in us.

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