Thursday, March 24, 2011
I've been doing a great Bible study on Mark with a group of women from church. This week's text was the Crucifixion. Not a new passage, but one of the questions floored me. It focused on "My God, why have You forsaken me?" and what exactly was happening between Jesus and God at that moment, and asked how it applies to us when we feel alone or forsaken. It hit me for the first time that in that moment, Jesus knew total separation from and abandonment by Someone who was one with Himself. Because the Trinity is three in one. So He specifically experienced the pain of divorce, like I have, only magnified. That's incredible and awe-inspiring to me.
It's easy, even natural, to think that Jesus can't empathize with the problems in our lives. Obviously He didn't go through the specific sufferings of our modern world. But over time, I'm learning that although the circumstances may be different, the heart issues are the same. In every pain, every difficulty, He's right there with us. And He endured separation from God so we would never have to suffer total forsaken-ness. We are never alone. That's the deepest comfort there is.
I'm feeling great and loving life these days, so this isn't an indication of my own emotional state. I just wanted to share it, because I know someone must need to hear it.