Let this cup pass from me. - Matthew 26:39
I immediately think of Jesus referring to the pain He was about to suffer. And I think that is true but I believe He was not thinking of the pain of the beating, crown of thorns and crucifixion. As horrid as those were, He was getting ready to face a far more terrifying pain. He was about to be forsaken by God, cut off, left with no hope.
I cannot imagine, for One who has seen behind the veil and knows the glories of heaven and the horrors of hell, what it would be like to be totally rejected by God - the emptiness, the void inside, the horror of no hope for eternity.
This is the future that awaits those who reject God but they have no idea of what it truly means. Jesus did and was getting ready to drink deeply of that cup of forsakenness.
We sometimes experience God's silence and that is painful enough. Imagine if He really were to leave us and forsake us. Stop and think for a moment about the terror of that - truly being forsaken by God with no hope, no future. That is what happened to Jesus.
Because He was, we will never have to be forsaken and abandoned by God. That is why that promise is so sweet - I will never leave you nor forsake you. God did that to Jesus but we are promised He will never do that to us - BECAUSE OF JESUS.
What a wonderful comfort when we fail God. He will not fail us. Even when we do not keep our word, He is true to His. That is a reason to praise Him today and to be content in whatever state we find ourselves.
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?"
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