Never alone again

I’m dating myself, but 17-year-old, high school senior Tony liked the Dokken song Alone again. Probably too much.

I’d like to see you in the morning light
I’d like to feel you when it comes tonight
Now I’m here and I’m all alone
Still I know how it feels
I’m alone again

I was also a fan of Whitesnake’s Here I go again.

Here I go again on my own
Goin’ down the only road I’ve ever known
Like a drifter I was born to walk alone
An’ I’ve made up my mind, I ain’t wasting no more time

I fully embraced this notion of facing the world alone. Come at me, bro.

Fast forward 30 years. I now know that I was foolish, immature, and just plain wrong. Alone is terrible. Alone sucks.

Thankfully, I will never be alone again because Jesus hung on the cross alone. In that moment, He experienced the full, crushing weight of my sin, your sin. Past, present, and future. As the perfect sacrifice for our sin, He suffered separation from His Father. He was abandoned by His disciples (John 16:32), rejected by His people, and condemned by the religious and political leaders.

Alone.

Nailed to the cross, He died for my sin. For your sin, too.

Out of this solitary darkness, as the sun rose on the third day, the Light shined again. The stone was rolled away and Jesus lived (Luke 24:1-8). Because Jesus lives, I will never experience alone again. He will forever be by my side. He’d like to be by your side, too.

Praise you Jesus. Our Savior, companion, friend!

About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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