Never alone! Though Jesus knew that His death was imminent, He assured His disciples that they would truly never be alone.
28 Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.
29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.
30 As he spake these words, many believed on him.
31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
(John 8:28-32, King James Version)
Jesus' words in John 8:38 totally went over the heads of those listening. They had no idea that He was referring to His death when He said, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man." What point was Jesus trying to make?
Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.
Though His words seemed strange to them, He was telling them that He did not come here alone, but rather, He was sent by the Father to bring this message to them. Furthermore, the Father not only sent Him, but He was present with Jesus at that very moment.
Sometimes, as Christians, we get so wrapped up in our everyday life that we forget that we are never alone. The Holy Spirit dwells within us, teaching, encouraging, and guiding us each step we take.
I am a person who does not like to "buck" the crowd; it is so much easier to just fit in unnoticed. As a Christian, that is not always the right way! We do not have to stand up on a band box and preach the Gospel, but we are called to live faithfully for the Lord. Sometimes that may even require that we take a stand before our family--even if they are professing Christians.
Satan has done such a good job melding Christians into society, that it is often hard to tell the difference between believers and non-believers. It is fine to be part of a society, just as long as we Christians understand the point where we must refuse to go along with the crowd. At times like that, it can be very lonely!
Let us remember that Jesus' words apply to us today as well. We are never alone! Christ walks each step with us, and when the path gets to rough, He carries us! What an amazing Lord!
Pray today that God would help you to stand faithfully before Him, knowing that your eternal awards await you.
I end with the words of Jim Elliot, a Christian martyr in the 1960's. He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.