The Journey to The Cross, March 17: Completely Human
Are you weary? Exasperated? Frustrated? Does it help you to know that Jesus felt that way, too? During His three-year ministry there were many times where the writers of the four gospel accounts would record that Jesus was “deeply troubled”, that he “groaned and sighed deeply”. He definitely was harsh with the demons who tormented the people as well as the religious leaders who oppressed them with unnecessary rules and regulations. He even flipped tables in the temple, not once but twice, because the men in it were dishonoring His Father by cheating the people. Part of what makes Jesus so wonderful is that he not only was tempted in all the ways we are, he also felt all the emotions we feel. He knows how it feels to be betrayed by a person who claims to be a friend. He understands what it means to be rejected, not just by strangers but also by family. He felt the frustration of being misunderstood and misrepresented. And yet, in all of this, in all these feelings and circumstances, He did not sin.
So how’d he do it? How did He keep the journey to the cross clear of the sin that would shut down His mission? He spent time with His Father. In prayer. In solitude. In silence. And in His Word.
He worshipped routinely in the synagogue, participating in every feast and every celebration.
He filled up His spiritual tank routinely, staying in constant contact with His Dad.
Now, you are probably saying, “Well, that’s great, but He was God and I am not.” Yes, He was completely God. But He was also completely human. And even He did not rely on His own strength but reached out constantly to God the Father.
If Jesus needed to do that, how much more do we?
Adoration: Praise God for the gift of prayer and His Word. Thank Him for being constantly available to us for all that we need. Consider praying Lamentations 3:22-24 (AMP), which says, “It is because of the Lord’s lovingkindnesses that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great and beyond measure is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion and my inheritance,” says my soul; “Therefore I have hope in Him and wait expectantly for Him.”
Confession: Confess to God where you are weary. Ask Him to show you where you are striving in your own strength instead of His.
Thanksgiving: Thank Him for being our strength, remembering a specific instance in your life where you saw His mercies renewed in your life.
Supplication: Ask God to make you hungry and thirsty for Him and His Word in your life.