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Throwback Thursday: Never Forsaken


By Carolyn Dale Newell

And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice,

 saying…”My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

Mark 15:34 (NKJV)

One of the greatest comforts I know is that God never leaves me, nor forsakes me (Heb. 13:5). He has been right there by my side as I have gone through many difficulties, and He will be with me to the end. Christians have the peace of knowing that God will be with us when we die. Even though there may be pain, He will comfort us and our loved ones when they leave this world to enter heaven.

As Jesus hung on the cross, He did not feel the comfort that God will give believers at death. He received God’s wrath and punishment without His grace. He received exactly what we deserve, and He bore the weight of our sin. “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Cor. 5:21).

After God’s wrath had been unleashed on Christ, He cried out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” This is the only time that Christ did not refer to God as His Father. God had forsaken Him, and He was not comforting Him. Could this be a picture of what hell is like? Those who never repent and remain unsaved will receive eternal punishment from God without His comfort and grace.

As we consider death, let us be comforted by the fact that we will not have to face it alone. God will comfort His children and give us the grace that He always gives us through everything that we endure on this earth. We should also lift up thanksgiving to Christ for taking our judgment. Truly the songwriter got it right – “O what a Savior”!

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for never forsaking us. Thank You for comforting us and giving us grace no matter what trial we are facing. Amen.


Read Mark 15:33-41.


Whatever you are going through today, take comfort in knowing that you are not alone. God will never leave you, nor forsake you, even in death.

Copyright 2014 Carolyn Dale Newell.


Throwback Thursday: At a Price


By Carolyn Dale Newell

And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified Him…

John 19:17-18 (NKJV)

As I came into the house after my walk, I thanked God as usual. I am almost totally blind, and I normally walk alone. Therefore, I always thank God for keeping me safe from harm. That particular day I was giving details in my thanks. “Thank You, God that I did not fall down or become a victim of some crime. I really thank You that I did not get hit by a car…” That is when I realized that He has rescued me from something much worse than getting hit by a car.

I began asking God for forgiveness. He has kept me from an eternity in hell. Not only have I been saved from the horrors of hell, but that cost Him something. It costs Him nothing to keep me safe every day, but the price for my salvation was extremely high. It cost God His only begotten Son.

How could I be so grateful for safety without thanking Him daily for the enormous price of my salvation? This needs to go beyond the simple gratitude for saving me. I need to be reminded of the cross of Christ every day. I want to remember the beatings which pierced His skin. I want to remember the thorns pushed into His head. I want to remember the nails in His hands and feet. I want to think about the splintery cross as He hung there gasping for air.

We get so caught up in today – our needs for today, our blessings for today – that we sometimes forget that all this doesn’t cost God anything. Our salvation cost Him everything. I still thank God for my safe walks and rightly so, but I make a point to remember how He rescued me at a price.

Lord Jesus,

Help me remember the enormous suffering You endured on my behalf. Thank You for making it possible for me to receive salvation. Amen.


Read John 19:1-24.


During this Easter season, reflect upon the great price that was paid for your salvation. If you have any doubts about your salvation, ask God to forgive you for your sins, and commit your life to Him. If you have questions, feel free to contact me: devotionsforyou@gmail.com

Copyright 2014 Carolyn Dale Newell.