“All the lonely people, where do they all come from?
All the lonely people, Where do they all belong?”

Perhaps as you read this article you feel alone and vulnerable, the words of this old Beatles’ song your daily anthem.

There may have been a variety of factors that have led to you feeling as you are. Have you lost a loved one? Have you become unemployed? Perhaps your health is not what it once was and you simply can’t get out of the house any more. Or maybe you are a single parent, and with the daily, unending demands of your little ones you feel so alone.

Most of us who have felt lonely long to know and spend time with someone who really understands, someone who has been there.

It might surprise you to hear that Jesus Christ experienced real loneliness. He knows what it is like.

Just hours before He died he longed for the companionship of His closest followers. But all that they could do was sleep when He needed them most. And then when the crisis of His situation reached its peak, all His closest friends just disappeared.

His loneliness reached rock bottom when He was nailed to a cross and left to die. While He hung there He cried out, My God, My God why have You forsaken me. (Mark 15 verse 34) How lonely He felt, separated from His Father as He bore the sins of many. But in experiencing that loneliness Jesus was providing the answer to the worst loneliness of all, separation from God in this life and the life to come.

For us to be at peace with God we need our sin dealt with, for it is our sin that separates us from God. Jesus’ death on the cross is the only way to deal with our sin. And when we turn from our sin and trust in Jesus to make us right with God, we enter into a loving relationship with God. We become children in His family and Jesus becomes a friend who will never leave us.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11v28

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