In the previous post and podcast episode, we embarked on a mental tour of the last lap of our Lord’s journey – from the Olives Groove to Golgotha’s peak – and noted that in spite of His pain, torment, and agony, in spite of His acute suffering at this time, Jesus kept helping people. In the present episode, we’ll continue to ponder on this amazing quality of Jesus.
Notice how in spite of His acute suffering, Jesus kept caring, showing love, and responding to others’ needs. Even in torture and excruciating pain, Jesus remained the master of love and gratitude.
The women that wailed for Him…
27 A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him.28 Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children.
The ignorant Roman soldiers that crucified Him…
34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
Even one of the criminals that was crucified with Him…
42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”
And finally, of course, His own mother, Mary, and His beloved disciple, John…
26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
Jesus was tired. He was suffering. He was in pain. But He kept talking, ministering, and reaching out to people. He kept communicating to those that still needed Him at that time. He kept connecting with people.
So His pain didn’t stop Him, his suffering didn’t stop Him, and I usually find out that that is a vital ingredient of greatness. Great people are able to rise above their personal suffering and still continue to help other people.
Now, as I hinted in the previous post, this interesting observation from Jesus painful trek to Golgotha provides a helpful backdrop towards understanding the main point of this week’s podcast episodes on Acceptable Worship. So, don’t miss a single post, and don’t miss a single podcast!