2021_06_24 Insight Post- Jim Morgans
This week's reading- Mark 15
Unfortunately many couples who experience the journey of marriage together for twenty, thirty, or even sixty years face the reality of the loss of their loved one. The identity of being a couple, dating, sharing life together, and having been a team that could face not only the daily routine, but even the toughest challenge together can tragically be torn apart in an instant. Every element of being a couple that was familiar, comfortable, and satisfying is now unfamiliar and in total disarray. The spouse left behind must weed through emotional, relational, and even spiritual uncertainties as they encounter this new journey of grief. And therefore it is not uncommon for loneliness and the feelings of being abandoned to weigh on their spirits which results in the question “why” to God.
In Mark 15 we find Jesus in a similar situation but one that is surely more complex, and dark. Jesus is willfully fulfilling His Father’s good and loving plan of redemption as He faces the reality of being crucified on the cross. He had been beaten, scourged, blasphemed, and now hangs on the cross bearing excruciating pain, fighting for each breath. It is hard to even comprehend the physical and emotional pain that He withstood. But well beyond the physical and emotional pain was the anguish and unfamiliar realization that His Father had forsaken Him. “'My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” To be forsaken means to have the light of God's countenance and the sense of his presence eclipsed. Jesus had never before felt this feeling of loneliness or abandonment, this alienation from His Father. Every moment prior to this moment, Jesus and His Father were one. But at this moment Jesus no longer felt God’s smile or God’s incredible love was shut off, and God’s hand of justice prevailed upon Jesus.
On the cross at that moment, “God the Father regarded God the Son as if He were a sinner. God made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21.
This separation from God was for Jesus far more painful to His Spirit than the physical act of being crucified on the cross, therefore we see Him crying out, “'My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” which is similar to our cry of “why” to God.
So, when situations where loneliness creeps in and seems unbearable, face the loneliness with Jesus at your side, for your feelings are not unfamiliar to Jesus. He knows your feelings well. Freely express your emotions to Jesus and be reminded of the sacrifice and price Jesus paid for us to be forgiven and to have a renewed relationship with God. With God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit we are never alone.
Hebrews 12:2, “Keep your eyes on Jesus, our leader and instructor. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy He knew would be His afterwards; and now He sits in the place of honor by the throne of God.”
Director of Pastoral Care