Do you feel close to me, the Spirit of Jesus Christ living within you? Do you feel my presence? Have you grown to rely on me to be with you, always there when you need me? Do you feel the peace of our shared life together, our shared love together? Do you hunger and thirst for my presence, and do you feel a sting of panic if you don’t immediately sense me when you look my way?
One more question, a request really: imagine how you would feel if you looked for me and I was no longer there. Imagine what your life would be like without me.
If you feel a sense of utter, overpowering despair, then you have a small taste of how I felt when I died for you on that cross. For when I took the burden of the sins of humanity, my Father God and I were separated, no longer together, no longer one. His presence was gone. And I fell off that cross and into the black, empty void of despair… into hell.
But do not despair, for I will never leave you. I will always be with you.
“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)