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My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Matthew 27:46 (ESV)
I will never leave you nor forsake you. Hebrews 13:5 (ESV)

Reflecting upon the Easter he was asked to speak to a group of prison inmates in Ukraine, Donald M. Fairbairn Jr., PH.D., writes:

“As I thought about what I might say, my mind turned to these two passages [listed above]. Forsakenness – that was something these men would know about. Their society had locked them up, abandoned them. True, they deserved it. But in a sense we all deserve something worse than being abandoned by our society.We have all turned away from God, whether actively and obviously, or  through more passive neglect of God as we go about our lives. [Because of this,] we all deserve to be forsaken by God.”[1]

In light of Dr. Fairbairn’s hard-hitting truth, then, how

the pardon that is ours solely through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ the Son of God, who chose to be forsaken that we may be rescued.

[1] Printed in Journey to the Resurrection 2013, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.