Trouble, it is something we can expect in life. Anguish is something we can’t avoid. Pain is inevitable to those living in this world. How we respond to these things is something we have control over. Jesus was no stranger to pain, anguish and trouble. On the cross and leading up to it he had many opportunities to use his birthright to reign down judgement on his oppressors, yet he didn’t. He showed compassion, forgiveness and even quoted scripture to let us realize that there is a way to get past the hard times in our lives.
46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli,[c] lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). Matthew 27:46
Here in the final hour before his death Jesus cries out one of the most used words from the cross. Maybe you have heard preachers or others say that in this moment it was when the weight of all sin was set on Jesus and God himself couldn’t look at him any longer due to the sin.
If we look at Jesus upbringing we would know that he was taught the scriptures of old and would have been well versed in the Psalms. Psalm 22 starts with the phrase,
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me,
so far from my cries of anguish?
Was Jesus in this moment reminded of this Psalm, maybe he didn’t have the strength to continue reciting all of it, but if you take the time to read the whole Psalm you will quickly realize that it was all about Jesus, his life, death and resurrection.
How then can these words impact our world and our lives? Well as believers of the living God, we believe that he is the trinity, God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Spirit. To separate any from God is to go against what Jesus taught us and the bible explains. So, when Jesus was on the cross, God experienced the cross. So, God couldn’t have looked away as he was part of the experience and plan.
To tell others about this truth can be something that sounds out of this world and fantasy. But for them to understand that God never left Jesus on the cross, can help remind them that he loves them just as much and is not going to leave them in their times of anguish, troubles, and pain. We go through these experiences to either mold us into who we were meant to be or to draw us close to a relationship with God.
You can either run away from God during your times of trouble, get angry with him, or ask him to guide you through it, to give you direction and hope for what is to come. How will you respond to the trouble when it comes? Will you let your response impact those around you in a positive way?
Father, thank you for the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. I know you were there right with him during that hardship and were behind the plan of salvation from the beginning. I pray that we as believers will come to you in our trouble and ask you to mold us into who you desire us to be. Let our lives impact those around us. Let them see you in us. They matter to you so they matter to me. Amen