A Lonely Jesus for a Lonely People

Daniel Darling
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It is not good for humans to be alone. Moses understood this in Genesis. But do you know who really understood how bad it is to be alone? Jesus.

Adam experienced the temporary ache of loneliness, so much so that when he saw Eve he exclaimed, “At last!” But the second Adam was once truly alone. Stretched out on a cruel instrument of Roman torture, the One who didn’t sin bore the curse in full for Adam’s sin, for your sin, for mine. So much so that He cried out, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”

“You can both know and be known by the One who formed you.”

Jesus came to erase the loneliness image-bearers have because of sin, that vile poison that entered Eden. The serpent-crusher chose loneliness that day on Golgotha, so we would never again have to be alone.

Humans need community with our most important relationships, but ultimately, we need, we crave, we long for, community with the One who once walked with His people in the cool of the garden, the triune God who created us in His image and breathed into us the breath of life. No amount of human community, however rich, can replace the longing we have for God. For everyone who has ever felt alone, the promise whispered to Eve is the promise whispered to you: you can both know and be known by the One who formed you.

For Further Reading:

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