Matthew 27:46 – And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

Even the Son of God felt abandoned and forsaken by God the Father. When we feel that God is no longer with us or has given up his care for us, we can look to Jesus and know that he has felt the same thing. But then we can look deeper still and see that, because Jesus faced the temporary abandonment of his Father, we no longer have to. Today, reflect on God’s promise that he will never leave us or forget about us. Ever.

REFLECTION: These were words originally from Psalm 22:1. They come from the depths of Jesus in a moment that he felt abandoned by the Father. Take some time to consider that Jesus was abandoned by the Father so that you would not have to be? What does it mean to you that He took this pain on your behalf?

PRAYER: God, may I never forget the sacrifice Jesus made for me. Help me have a heart of gratitude for this sacrifice today and every day. May I never take for granted that I did not get what I deserved and that Jesus took my place. Remind me today that you will never leave or forsake me. Amen

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