The plan of God required that Jesus should face his destiny alone. He needed to develop a personal relationship with his Father. Thus he was denied the support of human succor. In separation from the earthly, he pursued the inner strength and confidence necessary for a future ruler of the universe. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him.
The people around him could neither help him, nor relate to him. One of his friends betrayed him, some denied him, but all forsook him. Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.
Jesus suffered a mock trial without the solace of a single ally. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled. Enduring the lies of envy, he stood alone and was condemned to death by his own countrymen. Behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy. What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death. At the end, even his Father deserted him. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
As Jesus demonstrated, the path to resurrection is a lonely walk. It began when those destined for Sonship were separated from God and vanquished to the earth. They were fitted with a carnal mind, and condemned to a life that is enmity to God. Their Father was hidden from their eyes and removed from their grasp. For the LORD hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered.
But those infected with carnality do not like to be alone. They hate it. Not being able to perceive God, they turn instead to their own. The carnal mind is a social animal. This mind is a weak and scared little tyrant that must be stroked by its peers. Those ruled by it need constant reassurance of their acceptance. Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.
For this cause the churches of today serve up food, fun, and fellowship; but truth, the cross, and resurrection are unknown. To Modern Christianity the crucifixion of Jesus is a gift, not an example. And now group interaction is substituted for the crucifixion process. They believe that by fellowshipping with the dead every Sunday, their selfishness, ignorance, self-pity, and bitterness, will somehow miraculously end. Behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.
But social schemes and silly doctrines cannot satisfy a longing, searching heart. Neither can they sustain you when hanging on a cross of your own. When you ache to know God personally, you will eventually move away from the hype and shallow nonsense of church programs. Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while. You will crave to enter the presence of your Heavenly Father in private communion. He that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone.
Discovering the truth of Sonship, you will be hastily denounced as a heretic by the organized church. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household? They will not be able to understand your quest, and if you walk on alone without them, they will fear and condemn you. Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. You will be maligned and ousted, just like Jesus Christ. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.
This separation is a necessary part of your crucifixion. For the gaggle of nominal Christian denominations will never have room for the Sons of God. The election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded.
Spiritual maturity is not a spectator sport. It is not acquired by observation. It is not found in group interaction. Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee. Spiritual maturity is a personal, individual effort. It is a solitary path that clings to the high promises of God, though this path is veiled to the masses, and alien to the earth. The men that were with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves.
Christ in you can only be birthed alone, at night, and apart from thronging church agendas and the sticky fellowship of groups. Conception and childbirth is an intimate process. It is a solitary walk, devoid of the acceptance and approval of your peers. This is the environment of crucifixion and resurrection.
As you fix your course on a distant star, the comfort of human fellowship will wane to a mere memory. They were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country … that is, an heavenly. Occasionally you will espy another vagabond on the earth. But those who embrace their own cross, will find their only true solace with their Father and Brother. Truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
Like Jesus, you will experience your cross alone. The work is great and large, and we are separated upon the wall, one far from another. As you approach Calvary’s hill, your earthly gems will be stripped away. The things you valued most are taken first. Your friends will desert you, your family will flee, and your church will renounce you.At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me. Alone, you will cry out to God and even he will not answer
Destitute and forsaken you will hang for a time, bewildered, suspended between heaven and earth, rejected by one and not yet acceptable to the other. Under the cover of this darkness your carnal nature will be ripped from your mind, and your spirit will reach for things that have never entered the thoughts of man.