Saturday, March 5, 2011
Jesus is Sad
Jesus is sad.
He just got word that his cousin, who we know as John the Baptist, was senslessly murdered by the ruling polititian of the day. The whole thing was sleasy and wrong. An innocent man was murdered.
He does not say a thing (that is recorded) but he does withdraw. Goes to a solitary place. There he can be alone (with his buds) and grieve...
13 "When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns."
But like so many famous people, he is allowed no alone time. Soon people began appearing. Clusters of families, groups of guys, entire villages...
Oh well! So much for quielty grieving!!!
14 "When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick."
So he got up, and got to work. Healing the people until it got close to dusk.
There is a lesson here.
Today we are busy addicts. Busy makes us feel good. Busy makes us feel important. We have a wonderful work ethic that gets pleasure in accomplishment.
The down side is - what are you like when you are interrupted?
Grouchy? Impatient? Rude? Brusk?
Jesus just needed time alone.
He didn't get it.
His response? Graciously attend to the needs of the people...