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Together Again
Two girls saying goodbye!
Photo: Kevin Rohr
I remember the day I left home for college. I even remember the date! August 20th, 1997. At the airport with a bunch of friends and family we said our good-byes and I boarded the plane that would take me to what would be my new home for the next four years of my life. I thought it would be easy at first and having just turned 20, my adventurous spirit was burning inside of me. I was eager to see the world! When the time came to get on that plane, however, I finally realized what I was doing and I was scared. 
For the first time in my life I truly understood what it felt like to experience separation from my family. It was as if something inside had been ripped away from me. Although this experience helped me depend greatly on the Lord, it doesn't necessarily mean that it was a walk in the park.
For most of us, it is hard to separate ourselves from our loved ones. Why is that? The answer is simple yet thought-provoking: It's because we made to be together. All the good-byes, the tears, the "I miss you already" and "I wish you were here" that we say to our loved ones is because we were created for each other. God's original plan didn't include sadness and tearful good-byes. 
Jesus Understands

In fact, the very Son of God had to go through the same grief and sadness that we go through. He had to leave His place at the right hand of God and become one of us so that we may be redeemed by His sacrifice. And the reason why he had to leave His father is because we ourselves were separated from God by the barrier of sin. In the same way that a distance may separate you from your loved ones, the relationship between God and man was torn because of sin. 
Yet because of His sacrificial separation, we have a precious hope given to us! The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:21 that through Jesus, the separation which we were living in has been taken away. Through the Son we have been made righteous before God: "God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." 

It must have been so hard for Jesus. Being perfect, having never sinned, and having lived in a perfect world, to have to come down to a world where He was insulted, spit on, rejected by men and murdered, all because He wanted to bridge the gap between God and us. 
We are no longer separated from God. We have now been reconciled to Him through Jesus Christ. Through His sacrifice, sin has been rendered powerless to keep us away from our loving Father! Remember that beautiful reality as you walk with God today!

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