God Will Never Leave You
I had the honor of recently speaking to an amazing group of people about the beautiful sequence of events following our Saviour's arrest to His resurrection. There are so many details that if I had tried to cover them all in one night we would have been there for hours! The intricacy of God's master plan of salvation is stunning. I could study it for a lifetime and still only discover glimpses of it all.
One of my favorite parts of the message is when our Saviour is on the cross and He cries out, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" (Matthew 27:46). For our Saviour it must have been the most difficult part of His crucifixion. Worse than the beatings, the weight of the cross as He carried it to Golgotha's hill, or the nails in His hands was the total separation from His Father. What was so painful and disheartening for our Saviour should bring joy and peace to the heart of every believer. "Why?" you may ask? Because if God had not turned His back on His Son, He would have to turn His back on us in our time of need.
In this verse is the very first and only time that Jesus adressed His Father as God. Every other time Jesus referenced God it was as Father. As the holy Judge of the Universe, God had to turn His back on His Son who was carrying the filth of the world's sin. But, hallelujah, because Jesus took our sins and our punishment on the cross we can have the confidence that God will never leave us, never forsake us! (Hebrews 13:15) Jesus cried out, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" so that we can cry out, "My Abba, My Abba, You will never leave me!" Hallelujah!
Beloved- this is our God. He will never leave you alone in your time of need. Your cry for help is always heard, your salvation is won, your every sin forgiven, and you have been made righteous forever.