Greetings all in the name of Christ!
This Sunday will mark the fourth Sunday in Lent meaning we’ve passed the halfway point and really begin to look toward Jerusalem and the events of Holy Week. This week in worship, we’ll turn our attention to the word FORSAKEN. We’re told in the 15th chapter of Mark’s gospel that at three in the afternoon, Christ cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Forsaken means much more than just feeling lonely or even just being alone. Forsaken is a very heavy word to use and, for me, conjures up images of being abandoned or totally forgotten. Was Christ REALLY forsaken?
This is an important time in during the crucifixion as we must explore what it means for God to forsake Christ. While Christ was fully divine, we also acknowledge that he was fully human. And though Christ was no ordinary human, does God really turn God’s back on his own son? And if that was the case, are there circumstances under which God would forsake us? It is a hard thing to ponder, but ponder it we must.
I hope to see you this week in the ROMANS 8