This is the time of year when parents take their now 18 year old and drop them off at college. Two of my nephews fall into this category.
I know my sisters are already feeling the “loss” that parents feel as their adult children move forward in life. It is so very bitter sweet. You want them to grow and to be all that they can be and yet, you don’t want to let go, not even for a minute.
My own children are past that stage in life, but it doesn’t matter to me.
If my child (adult or little grandchild) doesn’t feel well, I want to be there for them and with them. I want to comfort and help the healing process to move forward.
If my husband, children, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, mother, sisters (you get the picture) need me in any way…I will usually drop what I am doing and go to them.
As I worshipped in church last Sunday
A huge thought hit me.
God the Father DID NOT do this for His One and Only Son,
The Son that He loved.
When Jesus took on the sins of the world and hung on that cross,
He was taking our punishment.
For three days God the Father turned His back on His Son.
He loved His Son.
But, He loved US too.
He allowed His Son to become Sin Magnified and He allowed His Son to be beaten, crucified and sent to hell….for US…is our place.
He didn’t run to rescue Him…though He could have.
He didn’t comfort Him with Words…though I’m most positive He desired to.
He turned His back because He is an All Holy God who cannot look on sin and be a part of it.
The Son and the Father were separated for the first and Only time.
When my son was sick in college (really sick)…I flew 4 states west to make him soup and clean up his apartment.
When my daughter of 3 young children doesn’t feel 100% on any given day, I’m there. I want her to heal quickly and get the rest she needs to be the best mother she can be. I do all I can for her and her family.
When my daughter in law desires to work on a new home project, I rearrange my schedule to support her in her efforts. I’m only too happy to go and tend to my little granddaughter.
When my husband is down and overly stressed…I’m praying.
I’m desiring to be on his team and to uplift him.
When my grandchildren get their feelings hurt…mine are hurt too.
When my son starts a new job, I’m with him in prayer all day long.
I could go on and on with examples, but
Turn my back on them?
Never in a million years.
This was not an easy task for Jesus the Son or God His Father.
It was a chosen task.
It was a solution.
A solution that would bridge the gap between us and our sinful ways and the One True, Holy Father God.
It wasn’t something that they did lightly.
The next time your special someone has a need and you step up to the task,
Stop and think of the unthinkable that Jesus did for us.
Stop and think of how extremely difficult it was for God the Father to turn His back.
Stop and think of all they accomplished for us in doing this very sacrifice.
This is Love
This is God
He does the unthinkable for an undeserving people.
I’m so very thankful that God loved us each enough to both die for us and to turn His back on His only and very loved Son.
I reap the benefits forever and ever and ever.
“About three in the afternoon, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My god, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”