45 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. 46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). Matthew 27:45-46
As soon as I published yesterday’s devotional I realized I was missing a key component of this small passage, namely, the utter loneliness Jesus felt at that moment in history.
We feel lonely at times, and especially in this Covid-19 environment. Nothing we experience, however, compares to what Jesus experienced on the cross.
All his friends had fled (though at this point they slowly made their way back) and now God the Father forsook Him, if only for three days.
Three days without God the Father to fellowship with. Three days alone.
It’s impossible for us to comprehend His loneliness in these moments.
Again, He has experienced to the nth degree what we experience when we’re lonely and feel all have abandoned us.
So when we call to Him in our loneliness, He absolutely understands and is willing to comfort.
But we still need to call out. That’s always the “catch,” isn’t it? We’re afraid to come to him again and again because, well, who knows why we do some of the things we do?
Today’s never too late.