My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Friday, April 27, 2012
Reacting to Bad News
Now when Jesus heard about John, He withdrew from there in a boat to a secluded place by Himself; and when the people heard of this, they followed Him on foot from the cities.
(Matthew 14:13 NASB)
John the Baptist had prepared the way for Jesus and had baptized
him at the onset of his ministry. Now, John had been imprisoned and
finally beheaded. The disciples of John came and personally brought the
news to Jesus and his disciples. Jesus experienced very human emotions
and had to take time to go and deal with his grief. He couldn't be
around all the people, but he got into a boat and went off to be by
There is much to be learned from Jesus, and not just about his
death on the cross and what that means for us, but also from the way in
which he lived life. Jesus is the ultimate example of living out the
sanctified life here on this earth. I think that there are times that
we think of Jesus as superhuman and of being able to handle so much more
than we may be able to handle. However, he truly did come to earth in
human form and experienced life in the same way that we experience life.
So what happens when we receive bad news? Somehow I think there is a
misconception that as a follower of Christ we should be able to keep a
stiff upper lip and just "handle it." Jesus couldn't -- why do we think
we can? Jesus had to take time to deal with his grief. He couldn't
continue to minister to other people, instead he had to get away. He
didn't even go away with all of his disciples, but went away all by
himself. He got in a boat, found a place of seclusion and was all
alone. We don't know what he did out there in the boat all by himself,
but we can imagine that he had some pretty strong conversations with his
Father. Not only was this a deep personal loss, but it also represented
the reality of what was going to happen to him. This was an incredibly
sobering moment for Jesus and he had to take some time to regroup before
he could continue in his ministry.
Jesus was not superhuman, and neither are we. There will be
difficult times in life when we will need to retreat, cry out to the
Father, and ask him to renew our strength. Who knows how long we may
need to stay out in our secluded boat -- but we must be willing to give
ourselves the space and the time to allow God to minister to us at the
point of our deepest need.
Lord, thank you that you have provided an example for us, and
provide space for us as we come to those moments of grief in our lives.