DEVOTION: “Does not every movement in the Passion write large some common element in the sufferings of our race? First, the prayer of anguish; not granted. Then He turns to His friends. They are asleep—as ours, or we, are so often, or busy, or away, or preoccupied. Then He faces the Church; the very Church that He brought into existence. It condemns Him. This is also characteristic. In every Church, in every institution, there is something which sooner or later works against the very purpose for which it came into existence. But there seems to be another chance. There is the State; in this case, the Roman state. Its pretensions are far lower than those of the Jewish church, but for that very reason it may be free from local fanaticisms. It claims to be just, on a rough, worldly level. Yes, but only so far as is consistent with political expediency and raison d’état. One becomes a counter in a complicated game. But even now all is not lost. There is still an appeal to the People—the poor and simple whom He had blessed, whom He had healed and fed and taught, to whom He himself belongs. But they have become over-night (it is nothing unusual) a murderous rabble shouting for His blood. There is, then, nothing left but God. And to God, God’s last words are, “Why hast thou forsaken me?” (Pg 148)
What a painful paragraph to read.
From the perspective of Jesus, what a lonely and desperate situation this was. Read that again.
This is the point in the movie where everything is at it’s worst. Hopeless. Desperate.
Yet…He continues. He continues because He knows it’s the will of the Father.
Then He prays…before He dies…forgive them, for they know not what they do.
Until the last moment, He is still pleading on our behalf. Loving us in a way that defies explanation.
Ever feel this way? That all is lost? That hope can’t be found? That your friends are sleeping, not wanting to help, not listening? That everyone around you is giving up or not caring? That no one is listening?
Yes. We’ve all felt that.
Yet, we have have this example of Jesus. In between all of it, continuing to do what?
Today. In the midst of the hopelessness. Pray.