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Passion Week - He Was Forsaken So We Wouldn't Be

When Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane He asked His Father, "O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will." (Matthew 26:39 NKJV) He knew that He would have to be separated from His Father in order to go to hell and take back the keys of death, hell and the grave. He had never known what it was to be forsaken.

Later on the cross He experienced that separation as He was dying. "And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46, NKJV)

Jesus left His glory in heaven to take on flesh, live a sinless life and become separated from His Father.

The Father had to turn His back on Jesus because He became sin, so that He could fully embrace us when we repent.

Jesus took my place of separation from God so that I could be joined to God as His son - a relationship with the Heavenly Father that no one can separate me from.

He was forsaken so that I would never have to be forsaken by God. The Lord is near to all of those that call on His name!

"... For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." - Hebrews 13:5 NKJV

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow--not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love. - Romans 8:38 NLT

You are not alone. Jesus is truly as close as the mention of His name. He stands waiting for you to call out to Him.

Because Jesus is my substitute, I am His righteousness. I am in complete right standing with Him - in the right place with Him.

Pray this:
Lord, thank you for taking my place on the cross and becoming sin with my sinfulness. Thank you for choosing the will of the Father so that I can be forever embraced by Him. I am forever grateful for Your grace and mercy. Thank you for drawing near to me each time that I draw near to You. I long to live in Your presence and to know Your faithfulness. You are so good and so faithful! In Jesus Name!
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