by Frank Pollard

Jesus Facing Loneliness
Frank Pollard

In the fall of 1970, Janis Joplin, a young woman many believed destined for greatness in the field of entertainment, was found dead in her Los Angeles hotel room. Questions arose as to whether the cause of her death was suicide or an accident. Police indicated they found heroin in her room and fresh needle marks on her arms. It was learned that shortly before her death, she had confided to a friend, "When I am not on the theatre stage I just lie and watch television and feel very lonely." Listen to those words again, "I just lie and watch television and feel very lonely." Loneliness ranks high on the list of problems for many people. Thomas Wolfe once wrote, "Loneliness, far from being a rare and curious phenomenon, peculiar to myself and a few other solitary men, is the central and inevitable fact of human existence."

To be lonely is to feel pain, to hurt. Other souls, great and small, have experienced their share of loneliness. Events and circumstances forced our Saviour Jesus Christ into painfully lonely times. It is helpful to know that we have a Saviour who was tested and tempted, in every point as we are. Jesus knew what it was to be lonely, despised, betrayed and forsaken even by those nearest and dearest. The manner in which he faced loneliness can be a great comfort to us as we face our lonely times. Turn in your Bibles and read with me Matthew 4:1-11. Here Jesus faced loneliness in the temptation experience. Choosing to do the right thing when tempted to do otherwise can be a lonely business. The Word of God paints a word picture of the look, the feel and the sounds of loneliness. Immediately after his baptism Jesus was led into wilderness, and what a desolate place it was, and still is after almost two thousand years. Rock and soil blasted and blistered by wind and sun greeted him. Shrubs and trees were non-existent. Wild animals made the caves, the rocks, and the gullies their home. Little company they were f ...

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