It has been said that true friends stick with you through thick and thin. They laugh with you when you laugh and cry with you when you cry. They love you on good days and bad. They are the people who are willing to walk with you through hell and back again if necessary.
There are few things in life better than true friends and nothing much worse than if they forsake us, turn their backs, and walk away. That’s why it hurts so deeply when we are abandoned and left alone. These are not casual acquaintances we are talking about. These are dear friends whom we have entrusted portions of our lives. These are the people who once said, “I got your back”. These are the people who once said, “I”ll go with you no matter what you are going through.” These are the people who when they think they understand you, stay with you, but when they fail to understand what you are going through, they begin to look at you through “squinted” eyes and disappear.
Take heart in that Jesus found Himself in the same situation during the Passion Week. The disciples boldly declared we will go with you to prison or to death. Peter was especially bold saying if everyone else leaves, I will not. We all know how that one turned out! It would not be long before the Shepherd would be struck, the disciples would scatter, and Peter would deny the Lord not once, but three times.
The words of Isaiah became painfully true:
Isaiah 53:3 (NASB95) 3 He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. (Italics mine.)
Why did this happen to Jesus? The theological applications are many and have to do with our salvation. However, we may make one practical application that all may identify with…”Jesus was identifying with us.” Jesus genuinely experienced in His own life what you and I will go through from time to time, that being forsaken by those closest to us.
We have a Savior who is familiar with our trials and tribulations. He was forsaken and abandoned by those whom He loved the most. Because of this, He knows how to comfort us in ways no human presence can. Paul said in 2 Corinthians 1:5 (NASB95) 5 For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.
Have you been forsaken by a spouse? A parent? A dear friend? Jesus understands. Jesus knows how to comfort.
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