Mark’s Gospel tells us of Jesus crying out on the cross. The only innocent human to ever live was carrying the incredible weight of sin upon himself. As that sin was placed upon him, his Father in Heaven turned from that sin. What Jesus cried out that day was Psalm 22. This is how that Psalm begins…
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?” (Psalm 22:1 ESV)
This is a psalm of David.
We may sometimes feel like this,
but as Christ followers, we must not forget that because he was forsaken, we are not.
The writer of Hebrews reminds us of his promise.
“I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5 ESV)
No matter what comes at us, whether it be war, cancer, or betrayal we can hold on because He is with us.
Indeed, we are free because of what he has done. We are free to trust in him. We can lift the shield of faith against fear. We are free to trust him when the doctor gives bad news. We are free to forgive the one who has somehow betrayed us.
Jesus put it this way:
“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” …
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
John 8:31-32, 36 ESV
Let us not imprison ourselves by dwelling in hate, fear or grudges. Rather, let us dwell in Jesus and his truth and be free to love… even, and especially, our enemy.