Steve Hill / 29 JAN 2015 –
And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. – Matthew 25:46
If you knew you were about to die an excruciating death, what kind of thoughts would be racing through your mind? Would you be consumed with pleading your case? Would you indulge yourself in a few last “good times”? Would you have to spend a great deal of time repenting and asking God to forgive you of your sins? Jesus, when faced with such a death, spent time with His Father. His mind was set on only one thing—to do His Father’s will.
A great deal of the anguish Jesus experienced in the Garden of Gethsemane was due to His awareness that very soon, for the first time, He would experience separation from God the Father. At His crucifixion, the Bible doesn’t record Jesus crying out at the horrific physical pain and torment He endured. However, as He experienced the agony of His Father turning away from the sight of our sins upon His son, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46, NIV).
Friend, sin separates—that is the true agony of hell—and Jesus knew it. No matter how difficult the trials or how painful the circumstances may be, remember that our Lord considered nothing to be more agonizing than even momentary separation from the Father.
Stay close to God. Don’t let anything block your fellowship with Him. There is nothing more painful than to be separated from Jesus.
~ Genesis 5; Matthew 5; Ezra 5; Acts 5
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