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Friday, April 2, 2010

Not Forgotten

Good Good Friday to you, Dry Ground family!

Why do you celebrate, or at least commemorate this day?

Here’s why I do -

This is the day Jesus suffered under the weight of my sin, offered His life as atonement, and died so that I would not be condemned to Hell.

He went there for me. Served my sentence. Cancelled my debt.

And I’m told that while He did all this, He had me, specifically, on His mind and heart.

That blows my mind.

At first it seems unbelievable, hence the many who have shoved it aside and refused to consider it.

Believing it comes with so many benefits, I could say it’s unbelievable – except that I do believe it!

My question is, then, on this good Good Friday, why do I sometimes (too often) feel forgotten?

Are you waiting for something that hasn’t come to pass yet?

Do you need something to change but the same sameness keeps going and going?

Is your situation desperate to the point of despair?

Has it been a while since you’ve sensed His presence. Do you wonder if He even likes you any more?

Are you ready to give up?

Maybe you not only feel forgotten, but forsaken as well?

Like He’s left and He’s never coming back, for whatever reason you can’t put your finger on but you feel it’s either really not fair or really, really something you did?

Be assured, on this if not on any other day of the year, you are not forsaken, nor are you remotely forgotten.

If He could have uttered every human being’s name from the Garden of Eden to the Apocalypse in the same breath while drawing His last breath, He would have. (And I’m not implying that He couldn’t have!)

In fact, we are so NOT forgotten or forsaken, that Jesus was by God Almighty –

“Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani? which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34)

Remember today how He remembers you, how He did remember you as He endured His greatest moment of agony because He loves you.

Be encouraged by this song:

Celebrate Easter! Have a blessed weekend!