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March to the Cross

March 14, 2016
Human Concerns

Human Concerns

Location: ER, Swedish Hospital, Edmonds

  • In this week’s chapter, Jesus refers to Himself in the 3rd person when He describes what will happen: “They will kill him, and after three days he will rise” and “They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him.” Unbelievably, He is at peace with the events He knows will unfold with incredible pain and suffering on His part.
  • When Jesus describes how He will suffer, it is almost as if He distances himself from the pain. He is like the ER doctor who treats the victim of a car wreck. To the patient, this is a shocking situation and the pain needs to be stopped! NOW! I AM HURTING! But the doctors are trained to do this, and while giving it their very best there is little emotional involvement. Imagine what would happen if the doctors would be as stunned and disoriented as the patients!
  • Jesus is like the emergency room doctor… but in this case He Himself is the patient!
  • As far as I know, Jesus asked only once if His suffering could be avoided: “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” (Mark 14:36)
  • Human concerns are about personal wellbeing, the absence and avoidance of pain. What Jesus has in mind are the concerns of God.
  • “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:9)
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