Memorial Day – remembering the lost
Series on the many ways that the gospel is good news
Different Types of Loneliness
New situation – city, job, school – unfamiliar faces
No romantic love – no deep connection to another person
Need to feel desired – even in married people
I. Jesus Felt Loneliness – No One Cares About Me
A. At betrayal, arrest, and crucifixion
B. God comforted Jesus
1. Lk 22:43 Now an angel from heaven appeared to Him, strengthening Him.
C. Mt 26:56 Then all the disciples left Him and fled.
1. Lk 22:61 The Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had told him, “Before a rooster crows today, you will deny Me three times.”
2. Only John at the cross
D. No close friends –
1. Life situation has changed, old friends don’t understand
2. Social scene has changed
3. Sometimes have friends but don’t trust them
E. Jesus offers solace for your loneliness
1. Mt 28:20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
2. Jn 14:18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
II. No One Understands Me – Woman at the well
A. Jn 4:5–9 So He came to a city of Samaria called Sychar, near the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph; 6and Jacob’s well was there. So Jesus, being wearied from His journey, was sitting thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour. 7There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” 8For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. 9Therefore the Samaritan woman said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)
1. Jn 4:16–18 He said to her, “Go, call your husband and come here.” 17The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have correctly said, ‘I have no husband’; 18for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; this you have said truly.”
B. I’m different – feel different and isolated
1. Ps 68:5–6 A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows, Is God in His holy habitation. 6God makes a home for the lonely; He leads out the prisoners into prosperity, Only the rebellious dwell in a parched land.
C. Jesus understands you
1. Heb 4:15–16 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. 16Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
III. Everyone Has Deserted Me – Paul in Prison
A. 2 Ti 4:6–13 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. 7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; 8in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing. 9Make every effort to come to me soon; 10for Demas, having loved this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica; Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. 11Only Luke is with me. Pick up Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for service. 12But Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus. 13When you come bring the cloak which I left at Troas with Carpus, and the books, especially the parchments.
B. No family near – people who expect to be with you every holiday
1. People you don’t care they see you when you’re sick
2. Loss of spouse, parent, or other loved one
C. Ps 38:11 My loved ones and my friends stand aloof from my plague; And my kinsmen stand afar off.
D. Mk 10:29–31 Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, 30but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life. 31“But many who are first will be last, and the last, first.”
1. Heb 13:5–6 for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,” 6so that we confidently say, “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?”
2. Ro 8:31–32 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?