Anger, Frustration, Wilderness, Lost in a Lost World, God Found Within, 31Jan
I’m not about to copy Michael Card’s whole book about the real, emotional Jesus of the Gospel of Mark, I do urge you to read it, but one more section I will add a picture in here for detailing a most important aspect of Jesus – HE WAS REAL – He got frustrated – He got angry – He felt loneliness… But He continued in His Father’s plan… He found Himself and His mission and His strength… All came from WITHIN Himself by seeking God – and God alone – in the wilderness… Physical and mental wilderness… We are NEVER alone…
GOD IS WITH US – ALWAYS!
Wilderness, Jesus retreated to pray it out… He was driven away from the crazy crowds, you surely can imagine that mob scene… the “man with the plan” couldn’t do his desired teaching, couldn’t connect, couldn’t make it into a perfect scene with ALL the people truly understanding… and He knew it….
Frustration of the situation, just can’t snap HIS fingers and make it all better instantly – how many times have we wanted to do that? for ourselves? for our children? for the aching world?!!!…
Jesus, full of compassion for the individual, emotionally flips “immediately” – He mentally realized the crowd scenes would do Him in, and there was nothing He could humanly do… Everything was in motion… Michael Card teaches that there are more people upset and disturbed by Jesus historically than who understand His ways… The world was/is lost – the Jesus we know was “lost in a lost world”… Working hard but it’s hard work…
Yes, Jesus found his way back out to continue His mission to preach…. God WITHIN pushed Him back to the plan, the road to Jerusalem, still the toughest road to travel, but no one said this was going to be easy… No one, not even God the Father said it’s an easy road. No one, not even God the Son, was above understanding the sheer enormous feeling of loss…
Wilderness, Michael Card reminds us that we have to follow Jesus into the wilderness to understand the depth of His pain – the man who came to save surely felt the immense loss of the people He loves… Still loves the people but frustrated by the loss.
Jesus aches – because He Loves all of us…
GOD IS WITH US ALWAYS…
Imagine His Joy to follow for each of us who find comfort IN HIM…
38 Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” 39 So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.
40 A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.”
41 Jesus was indignant. He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” 42 Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.
43 Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning: 44 “See that you don’t tell this to anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.” 45 Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news. As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places. Yet the people still came to him from everywhere.
PS – in writing “lost in a lost world” – immediately the lyrics of the moody blues song of the same name seeped into my brain with exact lyrics about empty shell people – ONLY LOVE will fill that shell… We bend a knee to pray… Amazing matching sentiment… You tube with full lyrics: https://youtu.be/80nUhHofw0U
Have we forgotten who loves who?
(So many people, so many people)
Children from a family tree
That’s longer than a centipede
Started long ago when you and I
Where only love…
(So many people, so many people)
I woke today, I was crying
Lost in a lost world