Glory Seed Devotionals, 2016: Year of the Blessing
Station 7 – Jesus falls a second time…
“I contemplate Jesus brought very low. As I behold him there on the ground, with all the agony taking its toll on him, I let my heart go out to him. I store up this image in my heart, knowing that I will never feel alone in my suffering or in any diminishment, with this image of Jesus on the ground before me. This is for me, so I express the feelings in my heart.”**
As I’ve stated before one of the main reasons the bible goes into such detail in Holy Week is to portray the human element of Jesus. At no other time (although there are times that come close) does the bible show us how close Jesus comes to walking in our shoes. To be as honest as I can there are times when I find myself praying, “Jesus, since you know what and how I am feeling right now won’t you make all this trouble go away?” In response deep inside I feel him simply saying, “No one took mine away?”
Life is not only about what we experience it’s also about how our experiences impact our lives. When I experience the human Jesus stumbling and falling under the weight of the cross even with someone helping him the lasting impression fixated in my mind is we experienced this together, our friendship does not end when things go awry. “Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”” (Genesis 2:18, ESV) I understand this scripture is talking about Eve but when I think about how Jesus (through the Holy Spirit) has accompanied and sustained me through some hard “falls” because he can emphasize with me he fits the image nicely. “No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.” (John 15:15, ESV)
Through his life as our Savior and our friend our message to a “fallen” world is. “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39, ESV)
Thank you Jesus for being as human as I am you are truly a Light on my path.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might!
Grace and PEACE, Amen!
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Scripture quotations marked ESV “Are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”
**http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/stations.html. Used with permission.