The Lonely Road
So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.
I have been thinking about Jesus a lot lately. I know that you may say to yourself, “Jason should be thinking about Jesus all the time because he’s a pastor.” I know what I should be doing but often times I don’t do what I should be doing. However, I have been thinking about Jesus in terms of who he was as a person and the feelings that went through his heart and mind as he was here on Earth.
Many people think of God like a high in the sky Zeus-like character that is uninterested in the things that the world is dealing with. We think about God as the kid on the playground with a magnifying glass burning ants. He put this earth into motion and now he is sitting in the sky watching us suffer. However, we often forget that Jesus was here and went through the things that we go through. See the thing is Jesus experienced the things that we often get mad at God about. Jesus experienced the temptation to get drunk, Jesus experienced the temptation to walk away from God’s will, Jesus experienced the temptation to lie, Jesus experienced the death of a loved one, Jesus was rejected, and most of all Jesus was lonely.
Often times I say, well of course God understands what I’m going through, he’s God. The fact of the matter is that many times I say that, but I don’t believe that. However, I cannot think of a person who understands loneliness better than Jesus can. Here God came from perfect heaven to a depraved Earth where people didn’t understand who he was. Jesus told his friends that he was here to live and eventually die for the sins of man, yet they did not understand it. Jesus would do miracles but yet people still didn’t understand than he was God.
Jesus went into the garden of Gethsemane and was praying as he got ready to face going to the cross to die for the sins of the world and face unbearable torture. Yet when Jesus went back to see his disciples they were sleeping because they didn’t understand how fleeting the moments they had with Jesus were. The disciples didn’t understand that they were getting ready to watch their Lord go and die on a Roman cross. Jesus was all alone in the garden alone with no one except his heavenly father to comfort him.
Jesus was arrested that night and he went before Pilate and the Jews with a crowd who chanted crucify him and who choose Barabbas, a murderer, over Jesus who was sinless. Jesus watched as one of his closest disciples deny him three times and he watched as one of the criminals beside him reject him in his last moments. Even as he died on the cross, the father turned his face away and Jesus said, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me.”
We sit back when things seems to be going wrong and we wallow in our own self-pity, but God understands. When I went home and started crying because a loan had fallen through on a house that Alicia and I thought was the place, God understood. When I felt like I couldn’t find God will for my life, He understood. When we finally closed our house on Thursday and rejoiced in finally having a place to live in Pennsylvania after 5 months, God understood.
The thing is, God is so much more than a guy in the sky because he was willing to send his son to die for us. Both in your life and your students’ lives, we have to understand that we are never alone and we are never abandoned. God understood what the pressures of the world feel like and he more than knows what it is like to feel all alone. Whether you’re the only Christian student in your school, the only leader in your youth ministry, the only person who understands the importance of youth ministry, or your simply single and can’t find “the one.” Never forget that God truly does understand.
Posted on October 31, 2011, in Christian Living and tagged Christianity, Church, Church Ministry, Family Ministry, Jesus, Lonely, Pastor, Religion, Student Ministry, Youth Ministry, Youth Pastor, Youth Work. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.