“Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His court with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100: 4-5

The End of Loneliness

I once read about a woman whose body was found in the streets of a
busy Asian city. The woman had committed suicide and next to her body
was a small piece of paper which read:  ‘Who am I? Tell me who  am I’.
This poor woman died in loneliness.  Like many people living in big
cities today she became estranged from her fellow human beings and
even from herself. We may think that being estranged from yourself is
the ultimate form of loneliness but there is still a more severe
loneliness.
When Jesus died on the cross he cried out: ‘My God My God why have
thou forsaken me.’ This is ultimate loneliness.
The death of Jesus was not just a torturous death on a cross but He
suffered for the sin of the world. The full wrath of God came upon
him. He was forsaken by God. He became utterly lonely.
His death though brought an end to our loneliness. It means we can be
reconciled with ourselves, our fellow human beings and most
importantly with God. Our sin leads to estrangement but with his death
on the cross Jesus cancelled our sins.
Leon Morris wrote the following:  ‘The peace of God, which is one of
the great concepts of the New Testament, is a peace brought about by
God’s atoning work in Christ. The result is harmony, a harmony within
the forgiven sinner who knows that his sin will no longer be held
against him, a harmony between a sinner and sinner because there is a
bond that unites all who have had their sins put away in Christ, and
above all a harmony between the forgiven and the one who forgave
them.’