WEEK 5: REVERE JESUS: AS YOUR LORD: Do you trust Jesus will never abandon you?
Day 26: Sun 11 Mar, 18
“Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29
Do you trust Jesus will never abandon you?
“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
Worship: I am Not Alone
This week we revere Jesus as Lord! We celebrate how Jesus equips and empowers us as His disciples to surrender to His will (Matthew 6:10) and bear His likeness (Galatians 5:22-23) - releasing His victory in the world.
As they stood at the foot of the cross, they heard at “…about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up His spirit.” Matthew 27:46,50
Does terror fill you with these words? Jesus was abandoned so you will never be! Dr Hubbard writes, “He is about to be abandoned by his Father…all because of the fullness of sin resting upon him. Jesus must be utterly removed and separated from the presence of a Holy God… William Hendriksen comments graphically on the darkness that portends Jesus’ cry, ‘The darkness meant judgement, the judgment of God upon our sins, his wrath as it were burning itself out in the very heart of Jesus, so that he, as our Substitute, suffered most intense agony, indescribable woe, terrible isolation or forsakenness. Hell came to Calvary that day, and the Saviour descended into it and bore its horrors in our stead.’ As R.C. Sproul writes, ‘This cry represents the most agonizing protest ever uttered on this planet. It burst forth in a moment of unparalleled pain. It is the scream of the damned for us.’
Literally for the first time in history Jesus is ripped from his Father’s embrace. Jesus understands the pain of abandonment, and that’s why now, he can promise, “I was abandoned so you will never have to be abandoned ever again. Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5) Jesus says to you and I today, “I heard your cries, when they left you…I hear the cries of this fatherless generation and that’s why I came to this earth to be utterly forsaken by my Father, so that you would never have to be forsaken ever again.” Not only was he ripped away from the loving embrace of his Father for you, but he also endured the eternal wrath of the fiery flames of hell on our behalf. What is our penalty for sin? It is eternal separation from God.” (Dr Jason Hubbard, Lamb’s Reformation, 2017, pp. 28-29) This will be the experience of all who do not accept Jesus as Saviour. (Hebrews 10:29)
The Good News is those who ask God to receive Jesus’ death as the penalty of their sin, will never be separated from Him. Jesus has promised us, “I will come back again and I will take you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also. I will not leave you as orphans [comfortless, bereaved, and helpless]; I will come [back] to you...’” “…the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counsellor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you. Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.] You heard Me tell you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming back to you...” John 14:2-4,18 AMP
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Follow Jesus as His Disciple
Be blessed as you look to Jesus as your Lord who never leaves you -
- To be set free from fear of abandonment and fear of eternal separation from the Father.
- To feel Jesus’ burden for those who are not yet reconciled to the Father and know your calling as a minister of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:19-21 TPT)
- To know Jesus’ faithfulness when others are unfaithful.
(Based on Sylvia Gunter, 2008, p.187)
Pray All People Hear the Gospel
Lord, we pray today for those who feel abandoned; those who have been forsaken, neglected or abused. Release Your Comforter Lord, and your Spirit-led disciples as ambassadors of reconciliation. Help us bring the Good News that Jesus offers everyone reconciliation to You as Father. We pray people will hear and respond so they never know the hell of separation from You. We cry out for this choice to be clearly explained to the people in our influence; and the Australian towns of Winton and Hughenden in Queensland where the Queen’s Baton is today; to the nations represented at the Commonwealth Games; and the unreached Hindu Punjabi people in Fiji. They have no gospel workers.