Glory Seed Devotionals, 2016: Year of the Blessing
Station Three – Jesus falls for the first time…
Beaten nearly to death. Carrying a heavy piece of wood on his back raw from the beating Jesus stumbles and falls to the hard ground to his knees, instantly the huge piece of wood lands on him pushing him further to the ground. Jesus knows what it’s like to fall under the weight of burdens. Jesus knows what it’s like to have those burdens slam into him. Jesus knows what it’s like to struggle to pick himself and his burdens up. Jesus knows what it’s like to depend on someone else to help carry his burdens. Jesus knows what it’s like to be fully human.
Like the two disciples walking to Emmaus it is hard for me to comprehend the last week of Jesus’ life. Today I am having a difficult time trying to experience what it was like to see Jesus fall. What it was like to be the one to help him pick up the cross and carry not only it but steady him as well. One of my greatest needs is to experience Jesus as human like me. Yet at the same time I need him not to be like me. I need him to be stronger, because I am weak. I need to be able to depend him to pick me up when I fall. I need him not to fall, but he does. But Jesus falls. What am I suppose to do now? How can I depend on Jesus when he is able to fall? Now that I know Jesus isn’t Superman where do I go from here? Where do you go?
The author of Hebrews hints at what Jesus’ life mission really was. “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power… (Hebrews 1:1-3, ESV) Jesus’ life was about introducing us to God. Throughout his life Jesus was quick to point out who the real power was behind his ministry.
At no point in his life did Jesus show himself to be human more than the last week of his life. His experience from Palm Sunday to Resurrection Sunday was his way of illustrating the ultimate dependability of God. One lesson I am personally gleaning from walking with Jesus to Calvary is how strong he could be in spite of his human frailty. For me that speaks volumes!
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might!
Grace and PEACE,
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