Literally hours before Jesus was on trial and then crucified, He was giving final instructions to His disciples before all the traumatic events began to unfold. Just before His prayer to His Father, Jesus makes this observation to the disciples; “Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me” (John 16:32).
This statement may have been a paradox to the disciples, and it may be to us. There are times when we feel abandoned by even our closest friends as Jesus was, or by those we associate with at work or in ministry. There could be a thousand reasons for this to happen, but that is not the point here. Jesus could have become bitter knowing that His closest friends would forsake Him in the hour when He needed the support most. That was impossible! Jesus chose to focus on the fact that His Father was with Him through every painful hour of mistreatment, except for three.
So often people (Christians) tell me that no one knows what they are going through and they feel very much alone. We must remind ourselves that human relationships will never rise to the level of friendship in Jesus (John 15:13-14), nor how close God is in our times of trial and loneliness. As God told Joshua, so He tells us; “I will not leave you, or forsake you” (Joshua 1:5c; Hebrews 13:5c). Just when you think you are all alone, remember these words and turn to Him for comfort and strength in mutual fellowship. “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you” (James 5:8).
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