A Lonely Trail
Updated: Apr 22, 2022
It has been said "The people are the trail". Though hikers may step on the trail to some degree for solitude and reflection, most would agree that a sense of community is one of the trail's greatest treasures.
We are social creatures and "lonely" can be one of the ugliest words in the English language. Perhaps this innate value of fellowship reflects our nature as beings created this way:
"Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness". Genesis 1:26.
Notice that three times plural terms (us, our, our) are used. Far beyond our capacity to comprehend, the persons of the Godhead (Father, Son, and Spirit) have been in relationship with one another from eternity past. As people made in that image, we also find delight in the fellowship of others.
The physical suffering of Jesus' crucifixion is described in explicit terms by all four of the eyewitness writers: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. However, his agony is exponentially magnified as he experiences a separation, broken fellowship for the first time in all of his eternal existence:
"And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
He is not only dying via the most horrific physical suffering possible, he is cut off from the fellowship of the other persons of the Godhead. That's how dead serious God is about sin. He will have no part of it. Sin breaks fellowship with God and Jesus experiences that alienation from the other persons in the Godhead as he bears the sins of man.
This horrid alienation is for your benefit!
"For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God" (1 Peter 3:18)
Christ experienced the most lonely moment in his eternal existence on the cross, so that he might bring you to God and you would not be cut off from Him forever! Will you trust in Him alone to bring you to God, for this life and for all eternity?