As Christians we recognize Jesus as The Son of God. We may also recognize Him as God. He said plainly,
“Believe Me when I say that I am in The Father and The Father is in Me.”
Even more amazing was Jesus’ Revelation that He is in us!
“On that day you will realize that I am in My Father and you are in Me and I am in you.”
Jesus liked to teach by telling His Listeners stories that first detailed things they knew. He then related what they knew to something they did not know. He used the things of earth to teach about the things of Heaven.
Jesus’ Greatest use of this teaching technique was Himself. Jesus, Lord of The Universe, put on human garb and said, “Watch Me! I am going to live your life as a human. Then I will show you how to live My Life in you!”
This Easter weekend, many have concentrated on the things Jesus did and said in His last hours before He exited His Human body.
There were touching moments, such as Jesus’ assuring His Mother would be cared for.
There were moments of forgiveness when Jesus asked God to forgive His tormentors.
There were moments of tender mercy when Jesus promised a dying thief He would take him home with Him.
But right in the middle of those uplifting moments came an unsettling question that seems out of character for Jesus.
“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
Why would Jesus say that? Did Jesus Himself feel separate from His Father? No! He already made it clear they are One.
Jesus was teaching, even from the cross. He graphically showed what can happen to a person, weighed down with sin.
It gets darker and darker. The longer we are in the dark, the harder it becomes to see God. Has God left us? No! But our sins have clouded our vision.
“Your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His Face from you …”
Jesus’ cry not only illustrates the effect of sin in our lives, it also gives us permission to cry out to God. Jesus showed His Trust by crying out and calling God, “My God.”
In those dark moments when we don’t even know how to pray, we can cry out to our God. We can cry out to Jesus. We can be confident that The Holy Spirit within us will know what to say on our behalf.
“We do not know what we ought to pray for, but The Spirit Himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And He Who searches our hearts knows The Mind of The Spirit, because The Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with The Will of God.”
It is ok to verify in our spirits that God is there. It is ok to ask Him. It is ok to tell Him we can’t see Him … that we have lost our way … that we are no longer sure of anything except He is our God.
When we reach out to Him, He will reveal the sin in our lives. If we are willing to repent, He will forgive us. And The Light of His Love will eliminate the darkness.
We will see Him and hear Him again.
“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
Jesus joined His Father in The Promise,
“Be sure of this —
I am with you always!”