Isolation to Intimacy

Main Point: From the Garden to Golgotha, Jesus endures personal isolation for humanity’s intimacy with God

Jesus was sorrowful

Matthew 26:36–46
Jesus Prays in Gethsemane
36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” 37 And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.”
39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”

Jesus was isolated
40 And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? 41 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
42 Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” 43 And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44 So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again. 45 Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Sleep and take your rest later on. See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”

· Three times, Jesus is left alone to pray- can you imagine? You call up your closest friends on the phone and ask them to pray and they fall asleep while you are explaining your situation

Jesus felt abandoned

Matthew 27:45,46
45 “From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land. 46 About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”- which means, “My God, My God, why have your forsaken me?”

· Jesus enjoys constant connection and now His soul is feeling ISOLATION
· This is how many of us are feeling right now…isolated

But, then Jesus was encouraged by ONE

Two men, two criminals…one mocked and one encouraged-

Matthew 27:50, 51
50 “And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, He gave up His spirit. 51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs and after Jesus’ resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people”

· “The curtain was torn”
· Curtains intentionally separate
· Curtains are made to intentionally isolate- things on one side should never see things on the other side
· This curtain in the temple was unique:
· This curtain, created to isolate and protect God’s people from His presence, was torn- isolation was torn, separation was  torn and now nothing, absolutely nothing, can separate God’s people from God’s presence

Romans 8: 35-39
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For Your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

· A bridge was built, between God and humanity…the cross became a bridge for all to cross from isolation into intimacy

The Bible says, “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” Ephesians 2:13

This Friday was Good because the isolation and separation that existed for 1500 years between the PRESENCE and the PEOPLE was bridged by the cross.

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