When have you experienced darkness, a time where you felt that God was far from you? When have you felt the most abandoned?
After 3 hours of darkness, Jesus cries these words of despair, quoting Psalm 22. The Psalm continues,
“Far from my deliverance are the words of my groaning. O my God, I cry by day, but You do not answer; And by night, but I have no rest. Yet You are holy…”
Theologians debate the significance of this moment and argue about what Jesus intended to communicate by quoting this particular Psalm. But at its simplest, most basic level, we can see this moment as Jesus entering fully into our human condition.
Born into a broken, hurting world, sin eclipses the sun. We feel forsaken, alone, and hell comes in close.
Darkness falls, we feel we don’t deserve God’s love, we’ve turned away from His presence and goodness: Might we meet Jesus, even here?
If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me, And the light around me will be night,” even the darkness is not dark to You, and the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You. (Psalm 139:11-12)
Picture yourself at your darkest hour: Your hardest trial, your greatest failure, your most alone. Now picture Jesus, meeting you there. Can you see the grace in His eyes?
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