He wasn’t afraid to die for us.
The human part of Him was probably afraid of the immense pain the beatings and the crucifixion His body would have to go through. I’m sure the ridicule and hateful words hurled at Him as He dragged the cross to the place where His earthly ministry would come to an end were emotionally painful. Imagine hearing those people screaming at Him as if He were a criminal, not knowing how innocent He really was.
He wasn’t afraid of the physical challenge of dragging the cross all through the town and up the hill to the Grand Finale of Golgotha, His death to be a public spectacle to warn and amuse the masses.
That’s not why He asked if the cup could be taken from Him. That’s not why He asked why His Heavenly Father had forsaken Him.
The greatest pain He felt was the lack of communion with the Father. Having taken the sin of the entire world literally upon Himself, He and His Father needed to be separated. That was the source of His greatest agony. That was the true sacrifice.
And that’s not even the most amazing part!
Yes, He died for us. He paved the way for us to join Him in Heaven someday and to not have to pay for our sins. Because of His sacrifice, we no longer need to be separated from God. For any reason.
But the story doesn’t end there. He rose again. He fulfilled the prophecy. The bridge between man and God was rebuilt. The only thing that can keep us from God is our unbelief and our unwillingness to let Him save us.
In our world today, with COVID-19 and other situations we find ourselves dealing with right now, it’s easy to feel isolated. It’s easy to feel abandoned by God. But we weren’t. We aren’t. And we never will be.
The self-imposed isolation that Jesus endured for our salvation fulfills the promise that He will never leave us or forsake us. The purely unselfish gift He gave us that guarantees us eternity with our Savior will go on throughout all generations, forever.
He is risen.