In more than three decades of my Christian life, I have been blest by 2 types of Daily devos'
(matter not exceeding 500 words) in universal Christian literature. Not only those Devos'
which have a different theme everyday but also the ones which revolve around a certain
theme over a period of time, say a fortnight, have richly edified me. In fact, both
styles have their own inherent advantages. If the former style caters to the varying
spiritual needs of a christian from day-to-day, the latter aims 'to ground'
a child of God in a certain subject in order he derives the full benefits of the
deep insightful study of a certain topic, spread over a fixed span of time.
In my Daily devo page, I have consciously tried to go in for 'a blend of both the
styles' whereby within a constant theme, I would be aiming to focus on different
facets of it which admittedly is a closer imitation of the 'Constant theme' style
than the 'Varying topics' one.
Having dwelt on the topic of Christian journey and the “Conquest of Canaan”
in the previous months, now in the month of March, considering that
we are in the season of Lent, I intend to focus on the subject- “Lent season”.
Once again, let me wish you a happy and an edifying read…
When the Eternal connection broke…
About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi,lama
sabachthani?"—which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" -
Today, we come to most agonizing moment of our Lord in the Cross. Even as he
uttered the fourth sentence in prophetic fulfillment of
Psalm 22:1, we see him writhing
in anguish not from the lacerations on His back, or the thorns that still pierced His head or
the nails that held Him to the cross but from the incomparably painful loss of fellowship with the
Holy Father that His becoming sin for us had brought
I Cor 15:3,
II Cor 5:21).
It was as if at that moment frozen in history, his eternal, intimate fellowship with His Father
had snapped. Jesus did not die as a martyr to a righteous cause or simply as an innocent man wrongly
accused and condemned nor did he die as a heroic gesture against man’s inhumanity to man. The Father could
have favorably looked on such selfless deaths’ as those. But because Jesus died as a substitute sacrifice
for the sins of the world, the Holy Heavenly Father had to temporarily “abandon” His Son, turning His back
to him. Habakkuk declared of God, “Thine eyes are too pure to approve evil, and Thou canst not look on
wickedness with favor”
(Hab 1:13). So it was at the cross, His Holy Son when the load of Sin of mankind
was laid upon Him, became temporarily unworthy of the sacred Father’s presence, which he had been
hitherto enjoying from eternity.
Oh what a sacrifice borne out of infinite love! To come down from glory to suffer such
indescribable pain for us. NEVER HAS THE WORLD OWED SO MUCH, TO ONE MAN!
Lord Jesus for what all you have done for us, we give ourselves completely to thee….every part of us…use
us as you desire for your glory. Amen.