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Essentials for Local Church Harmony 7: Sunday Selah 

Essentials for Local Church Harmony Day 7: Sunday Selah

And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46, ESV)

I’m not going to say there was a time of broken harmony or unity within the Trinity during the three dark hours of Calvary. But one thing is for sure: it was something that had never happened before. Of the seven sayings Jesus uttered on the cross, this is right in the middle—#4 of 7. It’s also one of three prayers out of those sayings. And guess what? It’s right in the middle, too—#2 of 3. His first prayer was “Father, forgive them.” His third prayer was “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.” In both those prayers, He addressed God as His Father. But here? He quotes Psalm 22 and calls Him “My God.”  

In those hours, Jesus experienced something we, as His people, will never experience. He was abandoned and forsaken. Even if we are part of a horribly divided and disharmonious church, we will never be completely alone. We will always have God with us and within us through the Holy Spirit. Jesus suffered that abandonment so that we would never have to. Take a moment to meditate on the extent of His sacrifice for you! We have so much to thank Him for.

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