“From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And about three o’clock Jesus cried in a loud voice, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ … Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last.” (Matthew 26: 45-46 & 50)
A prayer by Nick Fawcett (used with permission)
Lord Jesus Christ, you gave your whole self for us. Not just a little, not simply part, but everything, offering your life for the life of the world. You took the way of the cross and endured the agony of death. You experienced the pain of betrayal, the hurt of denial, the sorrow of being abandoned by your closest friends. You suffered the awful isolation of separation from God as you took our sins on your shoulders. Forgive us that we find it so hard to offer anything in return. Forgive us that we hold back, giving only grudgingly of ourselves.
Lord Jesus Christ, you went the whole way for our sakes – help us to come a little way in return. Amen.