Thought for the week – 16.05.19

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A cry of desolation

‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ Matthew 27:46

Where was God on Easter Day in Sri Lanka when 253 people were killed in a terrorist attack on three Christian churches and three luxury hotels?

Where was God during the 20th century genocides in Rwanda, Nazi Germany, Armenia and elsewhere?

Where was God when his only begotten Son called out on the Cross, ‘My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?’

Desolate, Jesus, weighed down by the sin of the world, speaks for millions of innocent victims of crimes against humanity who cry out to God.

But they are not God forsaken: in Christ, God is present in the deepest of tragedies.

Jesus says, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to the least of one my brothers and sisters, you did it to me’. Matthew 25:40

Did God abandon his son on the Cross? Jesus’s prayer is heard, God vindicates Him. ‘Therefore, God has highly exalted him and given him a name that is above every name.’ Philippians 2:9

Nothing can separate the most desolate victim from the love of God. ‘For
God so loved the world that He gave is only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life’. John 3:16

David James,

Glencruitten House.