General Spirituality

Lonely As Christ!

During the last days of His earthly life Jesus Christ was left alone to face those who hated Him, endure sufferings and death. He drank to the bottom the cup of suffering that was prepared for Him and underwent the most horrible thing that a person could experience: a profound loneliness and feeling of being abandoned by God.

He was alone in Gethsemane, for His disciples were fast asleep. He was alone at the court of the high priests, alone during His interrogation by Herod, alone at the tribunal of Pilate, for His disciples had fled. He was alone when He went to Golgotha, and a passer-by, and not His beloved disciple, helped Him to carry His cross. He was alone on the cross and died alone, having been abandoned by all.

While on the cross Jesus cried to His Father: “My God, My God! Why hast Thou forsaken Me?” (Mt. 27:46). The pain of all mankind and every person was contained in this cry, the pain of everybody who feels alone and abandoned by God.

It is painful to be abandoned by one’s friends and close ones, but there is something still more horrible – when it seems that God has left you, when an insurmountable wall has been raised between you and God and He neither hears, nor sees, nor notices you.

If you suffer from loneliness, remember how lonely the Saviour was during the last days of His life.

If your close ones or those under your care have turned away from you, if you have been slandered undeservedly, if people call you a heretic and destroyer of traditions, if they bear false witness against you and say that you deserve to die, remember that the Lord Himself underwent all these.

If he who lived with you under one roof, communed from the same chalice, ate your bread, he whom you trusted with all your love, with whom you shared your thoughts and feelings, from whom you hid nothing and for whom you spared nothing, if this person betrayed you, turned away from you, “raised his heel to smite you” and spat on you, remember that Jesus also underwent this.

If your cross weights upon you so heavily that you are not able to carry it, and if those close to you do not want to help you carry it, be thankful, perhaps, to the passer-by who will help you carry it for at least part of the way.

If the feeling of being totally abandoned by God has overwhelmed you and it seems that there is no God, that He has turned away from you or does not hear you, do not despair, for Christ also underwent these horrible and bitter experiences.

If people condemn you and blaspheme, smite you in the face and spit on you, nail you to the cross and give you bile instead of water, pray for them, for “they know not what they are doing”.

In fear and trembling, bowing before the holy tomb of Jesus in silence and reverence, let us thank the Lord for He was alone so that we might not be alone, He was abandoned so that we might not be abandoned, He suffered insults and mockery, slander and humiliation, suffering and death, so that in the midst of any suffering we might feel that we are not alone, that the Saviour Himself “is with us unto the end of the ages.

Hilarion Alfeyev

3 thoughts on “Lonely As Christ!

  1. I was taught a couple of months ago, that the Jews knew the Scriptures by heart, so when they would recite something they would say the beginning of it and they would know what they we’re talking about (like when we say in the Mass, ‘Our Father’ and we know exactly we’re going to say the Lord’s prayer and so we continue saying it).
    My point: When Jesus said “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me” while He was on the cross, means that He was trying to show the Jews to recall Psalm 22 to understand what’s happening right infront of them.. i.e in the Psalm it says “they’ve pierced My hands and My feet” and “For My clothing they cast lots.”
    Jesus wasn’t alone, because we believe in truth that His Divinity parted not from humanity not for a moment nor a twinkling of an eye.
    I also understand that this is an article and it is not from your own resources.
    Feel free to correct me if i had understood wrongly.

  2. Hey Anonymous

    I understand what you are trying to say…

    However, to say that Christ did not feel loneliness because of his divinity would entail that Christ was not fully human, which is incorrect.

    Christ felt human loneliness at the cross which is his humanity however he felt as one With the father, which is his divinity.

    As For Christ saying “My God, My God….”

    Christ was declaring that God was allowing his torment (including loneliness). For if the Father did not allow the torment then the crucifixion would be null and void, since no penalty would have been inflicted for the original sin.

    God Bless

    Bish

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