Good-Byes

“We have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.” 1 John 4:14

Life is full of endings, divestitures, good-byes. Sometimes it is the loss of loved ones, the job that moves you away, the possessions that break or are stolen. And none of this is easy but it is part of our experiencing life. How do we approach it as Christians?

The reality is that “we’ve never known separation and loss like (Christ). Thank God that we never will.” The pain of separation from the Father as Jesus lived among man and eventually hung on a cross where the Father would pour out all of his wrath against sin on his beloved son. Jesus is left asking “why?” and we are left with a savior that has “been there” when we go through loss.

“He invited us into his prayer so that we could know his heart; “Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am” (John 17:24). Can you see how important it is to him that we be with him? Do you believe that he completely understands the losses we face? He was forsaken so that we would have the assurance that we never will be.”

“Your Savior wants you to know that he’s walked this path ahead of you. He knows what it is to be separated from loved ones, to be tempted to sin because of fear of loss. He knows what it is to walk alone, to be misunderstood, to journey in a foreign land. He knows what it is to be fully forsaken, but he also knows what it is to be reunited to his beloved…”

“Because of this you can take comfort in your loneliness and loss. The Savior is there with you.”

Lenten devotion from Comforts from the Cross by Elyse Fitzpatrick. Day 21.

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