Being abandoned – is such a powerful image here. Jesus Christ – the beloved Son of the Father – as He nears death – cries out… “God, God…why have you abandoned me?” It resonates within me – I know this feeling – of being alone…of facing circumstances that overwhelm and overpower me, of feeling l have been abandoned. In this moment when Jesus identified himself with the sin of the world – The Father was absent. Jesus did this, experienced this, suffered this – for me, for us.
As I ponder this passage today I am moved by the fresh reminder that Jesus has faced everything and anything I have or will ever face … I am overwhelmed by the reality of God’s love for me.
The words of Chris Tomlin’s Song At the Cross are a prayer declaring truth for me today…
Thank you so much Jesus for loving me this much…
There’s a place where mercy reigns and never dies,
There’s a place where streams of grace flow deep and wide.
Where all the love I’ve ever found, Comes like a flood, Comes flowing down.
At the cross At the cross
I surrender my life. I’m in awe of You
I’m in awe of You Where Your love ran red and my sin washed white.
I owe all to You, I owe all to You Jesus.
There’s a place where sin and shame are powerless.
Where my heart has peace with God and forgiveness.
Where all the love I’ve ever found. Comes like a flood, Comes flowing down.
Here my hope is found Here on holy ground
Here I bow down Here arms open wide
Here You save my life Here I bow down Here I bow down
Written by Ps. Linda Quinn