by: Lynn Passet
I can remember when I was a young boy about the age of 8 or 9 my parents would sometimes leave me at home alone for a very short time to handle a farm-related situation. I enjoyed the fact that they trusted me enough to be alone but sometimes it was in fact a bit scary. What if someone came to the house that I didn't know? What if a storm were to brew up and the winds got violent and I was all by myself?
Jesus felt very alone in his final hours here on earth too. His heavenly Father left him by himself to finish some "chores" too. When Jesus went into the garden to pray he was hoping that God the Father might find another solution to his plan - one that didn't include Jesus having to die on a cross.
When he was being whipped and beaten I'm sure that Jesus felt completely alone as his disciples scattered while some watched from a distance. While he hung on that cross and his blood was slowly draining from his body, Jesus knew more than anyone what being alone felt like.
He was suffering a physical pain unlike anything that you or I can possibly imagine as he also suffered God's judgement on all of the sins of this world. It was likely the most horrible and intense pain that anyone could bear taking on the sins of the past, the present and the future! There he was, perfect in every way and completely without sin. Yet there he was hanging on a cross taking all of our sins that were being placed upon him. He took the judgement that we deserved and he died in our place.
Jesus took it all for you and for me and he did so all alone. There was simply no other way for him to pay the penalty for our sins. Jesus took the cross to redeem all of us and he did so out of love.
The next time you are alone I hope you'll reflect on Christ's ability to save you from a death in hell that all of us deserve. Because of what Christ did for all of us on that cross, we can walk in the newness of life and know that we have been redeemed by His blood.