“Deserted, But Never Alone”

Posted: November 13, 2010 in 2 Timothy, Christian Life, Christianity, Compassion, Death, Japan, Promises, Salvation, Security

   “Being alone doesn’t always create a sense of loneliness, but being deserted almost certainly will. Desertion has betrayal at its root. Nothing strikes at the heart of a person more than violated trust.” Knute Larson      

  Abandoned. Many children have been ignored, neglected, abandoned, and/or deserted by a parent. It’s hard to imagine how little children feel when this happens and how it affects them for the rest of their lives. Perhaps this has happened to you. Maybe you’re still hurting from something that happened to you many years ago. You’re not alone.  

  Dumped Off. Some elderly parents have been “dumped off” in a rest home by their own children. They also feel forsaken. I’ve met some of them. It’s been my privilege to visit with a few of them and try to bring some joy and peace into their lives.

  Forsaken. Being forsaken produces great trauma in a person’s life. Try to imagine how Jesus must have felt when one of His disciples betrayed Him with a kiss and the rest of them deserted Him when He was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane. But to make things even worse, God the Father forsook His only begotten Son, Jesus as He hung there on the cross. Jesus cried out, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46). Up to this point God the Father and God the Son had unbroken fellowship with each other.

  The Cause. Sin (lawless behavior) separates us from God. “The wages of sin is death [separation from God]” (Romans 6:23a). God is holy and righteous and can’t tolerate sin. It must be judged. When Jesus was hanging there on the cross He was bearing our sins in His body and dying as our Substitute. This is why God the Father had to forsake Him so we wouldn’t have to be separated from God for the rest of eternity. “…the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23b). But that gift must be received by faith (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Have you reached out and taken it yet?

  Amazing Grace. That God would want to save any of us sinners from hell and take us to heaven is just amazing. It was our sins that put Christ on the cross. God said that we are just as guilty of Christ’s death as those who hammered the nails into His hands and feet (Acts 4:27). Even while we were God’s enemies Jesus Christ died for us and paid the debt we owed to God (Romans 5:6, 8). “He paid a debt He didn’t owe because we owed a debt we couldn’t pay.”

  God’s Promise. To those who place their faith and trust in Jesus Christ alone for their salvation God has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). But you must be God’s child before you claim this wonderful promise. Not until you are “born again from above” are you a true child of God (John 3:3). All unbelievers are children of the devil (John 8:44; 1 John 3:10).

  Reiterated. The Apostle Paul reiterated God’s promise when he pointed out that there is absolutely nothing that can separate a true Christian from God’s love (Romans 8:35-39). A child of God may disobey his Father periodically but he doesn’t cease to be God’s child. Discipline may be in order, but abandonment never (Hebrews 12:5, 6; 13:5).

  Suffering. As Christians, God sometimes allows others to hurt us. Prior to the Apostle Paul’s conversion he persecuted Christians and consented to the stoning of Stephen (Acts 8:1). Later Paul himself experienced first hand what it was like to be stoned (Acts 13:19). He endured many hardships so others could be saved (2 Corinthians 11:23-28). While he was imprisoned for preaching the Gospel and on trial for his life, one of his close friends deserted him (2 Timothy 4:10). Try to imagine how he must have felt.

  Expect It. The Scriptures tell us that all who desire to live godly lives here on earth should expect to be persecuted for Jesus’ sake (2 Timothy 3:12). Our godly response to persecution often forms the platform from which we can present the Gospel to others so they too can be saved. Anyone willing to die for his faith deserves a hearing.

   A True Friend. It’s hard to find a true friend who knows about your “dark side” and who still loves you and wants God’s best for you. “A real friend warms you by his presence, trusts you with his secrets, and remembers you in his prayers.” Next to God, if you’re married, your spouse should be your best friend. Mine is. She knows me well and still loves me. God knows everything about me and still loves me. That’s what I call “Amazing Grace.”

  The Best Friend. My father’s favorite hymn and the theme song for his radio broadcast in Japan for 35 years was, “What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer! O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.”

  God’s Friends. Jesus had many disciples (followers). Some were believers while others like Judas weren’t saved. But Jesus called some of those believers “His friends” because of the intimacy He had with them and to whom He would reveal things to come (John 15:15; 16:13).

  What About You? Are you still one of God’s enemies? Are you still trying to make it into heaven by your good works? It can’t be done. If you could do that you’d have cause to boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Our deliverance from hell to heaven is a gift from God that must be received by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone (Acts 16:31). There is no other way and no other name by which we must be saved (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).

  Don’t Delay. This may be your last day on planet earth. “…it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Our lives are like “a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14).

  Now! If you want to be saved today and know for sure that you’ll go to heaven the moment you die, here is what you must do. Acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you can’t save yourself by your good works (Romans 3:10, 23). Then believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (the virgin born, sinless God-man) who died for your sins… and rose again bodily from the grave on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8).

  Assurance. Yes, you can know for sure, even before you die, that you have eternal life as a present possession and that you will go immediately to heaven the moment you die. The Apostle John wrote, “These things I have written to you who believe on the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life [right now]” (1 John 5:13). Why is this true? “God so loved the world [the people caught in the devil’s world system] that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

  Don’t Reject Him. After having read all this, will you still choose to reject Him as your personal Savior? I sincerely hope you won’t make this mistake and end up in hell forever.

  Need Help? If you need additional help call us at 805-238-3549 or visit or web site at www.kelseypeach.com. We try to add new articles each week to our web logs (blogs) that correspond to our Sunday messages.

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