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“It was God personally present in Christ, reconciling and restoring the world to favor with Himself, not counting up and holding against men their trespasses but canceling them. (2 Corinthians 5:19 in the Amplified Bible)
Have you ever felt forsaken by God? Have you ever said, “God, where are you?”
When we’re going through a very difficult time, when prayers are not answered, when things go from bad to worse…we conclude God has forsaken us.
Even Jesus expressed His agony on the cross in these words: “My God, my God why have you forsaken me” (Mark 15:34)?
What do you think? Had God forsaken Jesus during his darkest moment?
We have been taught that, since God cannot look upon sin, and all of our sins were dumped on Jesus at the cross, God turned His back on His Son. But this is not true. Listen to the words from the Bible: God was personally present in Christ, reconciling and restoring the world to favor with Himself…. (2 Corinthians 5:19 in the Amplified Bible)
God was personally present in Christ at the Cross.
God the Father was very much involved in every bit of Jesus’ suffering. Just as He is very much involved in every bit of our suffering.
But Jesus, being fully human as well as fully divine, felt forsaken by God. He experienced even this pain for us.
Father, thank you that You understand our pain and that You are always with us.
Read more in Wayne Jacobsen’s book, He Loves Me! Chapter 14, “What Really Happened on the Cross,” pages 111-117
Questions: Have you ever felt forsaken by God? What comforted you then?
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