As I reflect and meditate this Lenten season I am drawn to the following scripture. “When the days drew near for Jesus to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.” (Luke 9: 51) This journey to Jerusalem would be one that changed the course of humankind. This journey would certainly become the foundation for our faith and theology and the full meaning of its significance forever grows for me when I meditate on the life of Jesus and his great unconditional love for all of us. Lately when I meditate I am seem to be drawn to the human Jesus. The man, the flesh and bone person who interacted with others as the great example of how we can and should interact with one another. I think that often, as we think about Jesus, we forget that he walked on this earth as a human person.
I love that Jesus was human. His humanity is so often overlooked as we worship him and think of him as just a holy man without flaws. He faced temptations, as we do; he had bodily needs, as we do; he had a heart that could be broken from betrayal, just as we do. He was human.
I especially think of Jesus’ humanity during the season of Lent. It is here that Jesus comes face to face with the reality of his human mortality, but at the same time he is faced with the knowledge that his Father, God, is present to sustain and lift him into new life. I think of his mind and his thoughts of turmoil. He had much more to teach, many more people who needed to be touched by him in body and soul, and he also had disciples who trusted him and he would be leaving them rudderless. These were good men (and women) who had left everything to follow him and now his time with them would end as they watched him face a criminal’s death.
Through all of these thoughts and deep emotions Jesus also knew an important truth. God loved him so much that the outcome of these events would be ones that would change the face of future humanity. Jesus humanity was not one of limitation, but one of abundant hope and possibility for the future of human kind.
He taught us more than through merely his words, he taught us through his actions. Each of us, through our faith and trust in God, as beautiful students of Jesus, also can have abundant hope and possibility for our lives because a life lived with God is a life that forever unfolds with grace, dignity, resurrection and eternal life. Jesus helps us to understand that though life may seem limited that it is when we place our faith and trust in God that all things become possible. We too are human, but we are also spiritual beings. In fact, we are spiritual beings having a human experience. That is why I always like to remind people that in tough times, when life seems to be broken in the physical, the truth is that it can never be broken in the spiritual.
Know that whatever is going on in your life today that Jesus understands. And know too that your journey is blessed abundantly as you place your trust in Him.
Rev. Jefferson Beeker
We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.
Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life.
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