“For this reason they tried all the more to kill Him; not only was He breaking the Sabbath, but He was even calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God.
Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by Himself; He can do only what He sees His Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows Him all He does. Yes, and He will show Him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed.” John 5:18-20
It is Holy Week and we are following Jesus through the thorns of others’ fears, hopes, and disbelief to the pride and sin which nailed Him to the cross. He is Good News for the humble hungry in need of the Savior and very bad news, indeed, for the self-proclaimed religious. We who think it is our duty to protect the faith or our standing in the world are most in danger of losing both amidst our (better) judgement as we regularly dismiss those Christ came to save – and even Christ Himself.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9
Humility is the great protector of our faith. In humility Jesus came and died in our place, the holy right for the wholly wrong. When we look at Him, the Author and Finisher of our faith, we can only surmise that humility is the antidote to the religion and pride that seek repeatedly to destroy God’s image in us – and even the Savior Himself. If we know it all, we cannot possibly know Him. His thoughts are not our thoughts. And it is only the humble, the meek – the children of this world – who will recognize Him in all the distressing and unlikely ways that He comes to us: the poor, the hungry, the sick, the weak, the foreigner, the lost, the confused, the dying, and even our enemies.
Jesus not only took on death and the sins of the world (and won), He also took us on the cross with Him – all of us. And if we are willing to die with Him in humility and shame – for love’s sake becoming poor – we will also be raised with Him. We have to remember that those who killed Jesus thought they were doing God a favor (or themselves). Little did they know that He was only showing us the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
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