Fix your eyes on the only One Who truly understands …

“Fix your eyes on the only One Who truly understands, because He’s the only One Who has ever experienced true loneliness.”

“for the first time in eternity, Jesus discovered true, ultimate loneliness. When He “became sin for us” (2 Corinthians 5:21), God Himself had to turn His face away and cut Him off.
Suddenly Jesus had no one at all — not even God!
In this new, strange, hellish horror, Jesus let loose a roar: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46).
“[It is] a scream of despairing agony in the darkness. It is the picture of an eclipsed God and a lost soul; it is the hour and power of darkness: the hosts of hell fill it, and the opaque sins of a world thicken it: It is Jesus bearing MY sin in His own body on the tree. It is Jesus taking the place of a lost soul.” (Oswald J. Sanders, Christ Incomparable, p.167.)
Jesus on the cross became truly lonely, so that you and I would never need to be.

When on the cross Jesus found out what real loneliness felt like, He made sure it need never happen to you.”

-from p.28,29 of “Fix Your Eyes On Jesus” by Anne Ortlund.

Jesus is able to pardon and save …

“Jesus is able to pardon and save the very chief of sinners He can deliver the most guilty conscience from all its burdens, and give it perfect peace with God. He can wash away the vilest stains of wickedness, and make a man whiter than snow in the sight of God. He can clothe a poor weak child of Adam in everlasting righteousness, and give him a title to heaven that can never be overthrown. In a word, He can give any one of us peace, hope, forgiveness, and reconciliation with God, if we will only trust in Him. ‘The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses from all sin.’ (I John 1:7)”

– J. C. Ryle

the greatest way we can give God first place …

“the greatest way we can give God first place is by presenting our lives to Him, by committing ourselves to Him not only for salvation but for service as well. Nothing less than that is enough, when we think of all He did for us.
O Christ, Thy bleeding hands and feet,
Thy sacrifice for me:
Each wound, each tear demands my life
A sacrifice for Thee. – J. Sidlow Baxter

-from p.118 of “My Heart, My Life, My All” by William MacDonald.