“No!” Peter insisted. “Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you!” And all the other disciples vowed the same. —Matthew 26:35

They said they would not leave Jesus alone, but Jesus said they would— “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me” (John 16:32). Yes, even though everyone would leave Him as He went through much difficulty, His Father was still there. Yet, then in Matthew 27:46 we read “About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). There never was an aloneness that was experienced like that ever before, nor will be again. Yet, Hell must be going to be a terrible time of aloneness without God’s presence… forever.

Oh, but the good news fellow follower of Jesus Christ is that He said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). He has promised to be with us— “to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). We will never experience the terrible aloneness that Jesus experienced… never. Just remember that He is always with you… always… even when it may not “feel” like it. He is there. Rejoice!

Dear Father thank You for Your faithful presence. May I rest in the peace of knowing that and live trusting You in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

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