Forsaken

Jesus knows what it means to be forsaken.

His Story

The God of the Universe came in human flesh and lived among us.

He didn’t live in a royal palace. His birth was in a stable. He grew up in a carpenter’s house. Though the whole world was His, He later had no place to lay His head.

Jesus was an uncommon Person living a very common life.

And we rejected Him.

He was despised and rejected by mankind,
    a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
    he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. (Isaiah 53:3, NIV)

Jesus knows something about pain. He knows what it feels like to be on the receiving end of people’s scoffing. He was afflicted physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally. He was Someone whom we would hold in low esteem.

Our rejection of Him was complete as He died on the cross for our eternal salvation.

Just when you’d think it couldn’t get worse, it did.

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 27:46, NIV)

Jesus knows what it means to be forsaken.

But His love was not conditioned on our response. His love was and IS life-changing.

Our Story

We were created by God to bring Him glory. As we place our faith in Jesus, we fulfill our true calling — to be His love and light to the world.

Yet, we often forget what it means to be lost.

We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:6, NIV)

We often forget what it costs to be found.

I can’t say that I know what it means to be truly forsaken. I know what it feels like to be rejected. I’ve experienced friends leaving or surprising me with hurt. I also know a sense of being abandoned when my father left.

But I have never truly been forsaken.

Because I’ve been found by Christ.

I’ve been adopted into God’s family.

I have a new hope.

My Father tells me,

“Never will I leave you;

    never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5, NIV)

But not everyone knows that. 

Their Story

There are people all around us who know so much more about being forsaken than we ever thought possible.

They didn’t choose a disability, but they feel the condescending glances. They are fully aware when people turn away and ignore them.

Some have made poor choices that have resulted in imprisonment, but they are seeking new hope and a fresh start. Yet too many times they experience people holding their previous choices over them as an unforgivable sin.

Whether they choose their situation or not, they know what it means to be forsaken.

And Jesus understands and loves them.

As His love and light in the world, it is my responsibility to make sure they know.

We have all chosen to go astray.

We’ve each gone our own way.

Yet Jesus loved us anyway whether we responded to His love or not.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8, NIV)

And now we are called to respond to the forsaken among us the way Jesus did for us.

We love because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19)

In our Commissioning group, we discussed what it means to be forsaken — abandoned without hope. If we are to be faithful to follow in Jesus’ steps, then we should look out for those who are forsaken among us.

Jesus knows what it means to be forsaken, and He calls us to show love and give hope to those who are. (Click to tweet)

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For those who are following, we are at a turning point with our Commissioning group. In the next week or so, we’ll be praying for God’s wisdom and guidance as we choose a way we will respond to God’s call as a group and serve others. We’d appreciate your prayers, as we do so.

If you’ve missed any parts of this series, you can use the links below as “prayer points” for our group.

Why God Allows Us to See

Is It Enough to Be a Nice Person?

How People Know God Is Good

When You’re On the Receiving End

Why We Should Care About God’s Creation

 

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