“If God didn't hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing Himself to the worst by sending His own Son, is there anything else He wouldn't gladly and freely do for us?” Romans 8:32
Jesus experiencing absolute death (not the “sleep” that we will experience but absolute abandonment, undiluted rejection, complete separation from God the Father) is a way of God asking us,
“What more could I have done to prove My love for you?”
We who believe look at the cross and see God’s love for us. We can do this pretty good until the distraction comes. A child dies, the shadow shows up on the x ray, the Plant closes and the bank forecloses.
When these things occur it’s easy to take our eyes off the cross and stare at the difficulty. That’s when it’s important to move the picture.
Like photo shopping, we need to swing the picture around so that we cannot see the difficulty without also seeing the cross in the background.
Circumstances do not determine the degree of love that God expresses to you.
Feelings do not determine the degree of love that God expresses to you.
The cross is the picture that must be used when doubts arise about God’s love for you.
All the rest of life needs to be evaluated in light of Creator God’s love for you.
Never let anything or anyone take away the picture of the cross from your line of sight.