Monday, April 20, 2015

Flavel: desertion?

Monday, April 20, 2015
    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?”
    —Matthew 27:46 (NIV)
    Did God really forsake Jesus Christ upon the cross? Then from the desertion of Christ’s, singular consolation springs up to the people of God... Christ’s desertion is preventive of your final desertion. Because He was forsaken for a time you shall not be forsaken forever. For He was forsaken for you... Though God deserted Christ, yet at the same time He powerfully supported Him. His omnipotent arms were under Him, though His pleased Face was hid from Him. He had not indeed His smiles, but He had His support. So Christian, just so shall it be with thee. Thy God may turn away His face, He will not pluck away His arm.
    ... John Flavel (1628-1691), The Fountain of Life [1671], in The Whole Works of the Reverend Mr. John Flavel, v. I, Paisley: A. Weir and A. McLean, 1770, p. 170 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 27:46; Ps. 22:1; 37:28; 71:11-12; Matt. 28:20; Mark 15:34; Heb. 5:7; 12:2; 13:5
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You will never leave me.
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