Glory Seed Devotionals, 2016: Year of the Blessing
Station 8 – Jesus meets the women from Jerusalem…
“The women of Jerusalem, and their children, come out to comfort and thank him. They had seen his compassion and welcomed his words of healing and freedom. He had broken all kinds of social and religious conventions to connect with them. Now they are here to support him. He feels their grief. He suffers, knowing he can’t remain to help them more in this life. He knows the mystery of facing the separation of death.”**
I brought these ladies up at Station 6 but there’s more to be said about their encounter with Jesus. “And there followed him a great multitude of the people and of women who were mourning and lamenting for him.” (Luke 23:27, ESV) Not only at this station do we experience Jesus’ compassion we also experience his helplessness, I don’t know about you but to me the feeling of helplessness is one of the worst experiences we humans face. I remember sitting helplessly with my father who fell into a coma shortly after he had cancer surgery as his life slowly slipped away.
I am sure there have been many times when you’ve had similar experiences where you’ve been powerless to prevent a loved one, a friend, or even yourself from some adversity. Now take that feeling of helplessness and multiple it hundreds, thousands, or millions of times and that is what the human Jesus experienced throughout his entire life and especially the last week of his life. When the rich man refused sell all he had and walked away, how did Jesus really feel? When he saw and heard Peter deny him how do you suppose he felt?
As I personally make my way with Jesus through the most difficult time of his life, it is hard for me to find something to celebrate. Yet at the same time in spite Jesus’ pain and agony in my imagination there’s always a hidden smile on his face because he KNOWS in spite of his (and our) experience with helplessness there is God and he KNOWS (as we do) with God, “I can have hope through him who is present with me and strengthens me.” (Adapted from Philippians 4:13)
Through our relationship with God during the darkest times of our lives we can draw hope. One of the most powerful and influential things Jesus said from which we can draw hope when experiencing helplessness is found in chapter 20 of John. “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy.” (John 16:20, ESV)
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might!
Grace and PEACE, Amen!
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**http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/stations.html. Used with permission.