And then He was gone.
I have never thought of the second day before . . . you know, the day in-between the first and third. The day where Christ was actually gone and all hope seemed lost by so many . . . until this morning when I awoke at 5:45 a.m. with the clarity of a crazy person that enjoys getting up early.
My focus, one of the phrases Christ spoke on the cross before His death, and the day in-between.
The words ‘Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani’ translates “My God, MY God, Why have you forsaken me?” I have read very little as to why people think Christ said those words. Some I have read are way too spiritual for me to understand, and some, I get, but there is one reason that holds true to my heart that I just can’t let go of . . .
Yes, it is true that sin separates us from God. Isaiah 59:2 is just one of many references in scripture that refer to that separation, and if Christ truly took on the sins of the world, which I totally believe He did, then there must have been separation between Christ and God.
Imagine the anguish . . . Christ KNEW He would be raised again, but He was experiencing something He had NEVER felt in His 33 years of walking the earth . . . separation from the Father.
Can you imagine the pain? The heartache He was feeling? I believe that pain was much more than the physical pain He was bearing at that moment. But I think there is more . . . for me anyway. From a person who does not have many of the answers, just a person living day to day loving Jesus, serving others, loving others, a sinner that fails Him daily, that questions His plan, that wonders her purpose, that at times feels hopeless and scared . . . He said it for me.
In my mind, and please please please forgive me if I misinterpret anything and lead someone astray on this, but for me, in my life right this very moment, dealing with the pain and struggles . . . the hurt and anger that is battling within me, EVEN AS I TYPE THESE WORDS, if Jesus, a man of perfection, KNOWING He will be raised from the dead, experienced the separation and pain, then don’t you think we, as humans will experience that same way? While maybe you have never experienced that separation, oh what comfort it is to my heart to know that I am not alone in my struggle of despair. That my Jesus experienced it first.
I don’t know what you are dealing with today, but I know it’s real. Whether it’s a divorce, or a wayward child, or you are struggling financially, or maybe you’ve lost a loved one, or maybe you just can’t see how a certain situation will work out for good. You are not alone. He has not forsaken you.
The second day, the day of waiting is almost as hard, if not harder, than the initial trial.
What hope is there? Well my friend, if I truly believe that Christ defeated death and on the third day was raised from the dead, then that alone is my hope. And that is all I need. Christ is now sitting at the right hand of God the Father, interceding on your behalf. On my behalf.
You are not alone.
I pray you sense the Father’s presence this Resurrection Sunday.