Pastor’s Corner: Loneliest Moment

A chaotic scene of many people with Jesus at front looking sad.

March 31, 2021

What was Jesus’ loneliest moment?

After a year of enforced semi-isolation, we can resonate with at least some of what Jesus felt. How much do we cherish that moment when we see a friend’s eyes beaming at us over their mask? How wide is our smile beneath our own mask, even if our breath fogs our glasses?

I can’t help thinking, however, that Jesus’ loneliest moments of Holy Week were those in which others were present. I read the accounts of the Last Supper and can nearly feel Jesus’ despair that his dearest friends could not, would not understand what he faced. I read the story of his prayer in the Garden and ache when he finds Peter, James, and John fast asleep. I read about Judas identifying his friend for the accompanying soldiers with a kiss.

I read about the trial. Jesus was surrounded by people, but any friendly faces in the Council were hidden. Outside, Jesus knew, Peter was denying that he’d ever known him. I read about Jesus standing in Pilate’s crowded hall and enduring the beating by the guards. Only during his tortured walk to Golgotha did anyone offer him sympathy. A group of women wailed for his execution, and Jesus wept for what would happen to them in coming years.

Surrounded by people, Jesus was all alone.

It is no wonder that he quoted Psalm 22:1 from the cross: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

Psalm 22 goes on, however. “[God] did not hide his face from me, but heard when I cried to him.”

Easter confirmed Jesus’ confidence in God, that he was not forsaken even in his loneliest moments, surrounded by people who disappointed him or who had determined to do him harm. Jesus was never alone. Never alone.

Neither, my friends, are we. Take hold of Easter faith and give thanks.

With aloha,

Pastor Eric

The image is The Capture of Jesus Christ by Master of the Karlsruhe Passion (ca. 1450) – Postcard, Public Domain,

Categories Pastor's Corner Reflections | Tags: , | Posted on March 31, 2021

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