Words to Live By From Pastor Robert Kendall
And he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch.”
ESV, Mark 14:34
The Sorrow of Jesus
Most of us are keenly aware of our own sorrow and struggles. Whether health or relational or financial, we know the daily challenges we face, and we are aware of our need for God in them. Unfortunately, we often feel as though God is absent in our struggle. Jesus’ time in Gethsemane however, reminds us that while we may feel God is absent, the opposite is actually the case. We will never be abandoned by God, because Jesus was abandoned in our place. While we normally focus on the cross of Jesus as the time of God’s abandonment, it seems from His sorrow in the garden that God was already withdrawing His presence from Jesus. As Jesus experienced this isolation that pushed him closer to death, He took once and for all our separation from God. As we go through this week, may we reflect on the tremendous sorrow of Jesus and His great sacrifice for us. He experienced separation from God and death so that we don’t have to. While we may feel God has forsaken us at times, let us know that He will never leave us or forsake us, for that took place with Jesus.
Looking forward to this Friday and Sunday with you,
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