Monday, October 24, 2016

"Jesus Ran"

Have you noticed this phrase is nowhere in the Bible?

I have found it comforting and something to aim for lately, Jesus was never really in a hurry. Don't get me wrong, there were still outside forces trying to get Him to move at a different pace just like there are in our lives. He felt pressure (imagine what Holy Week must have been like for Him as the celebrity in Jerusalem one crowd wants to see and the other crowd wants to kill). He had people telling Him where to be and what to do (see John 7:2-9 or John 11:1-7). He had crowds following Him staying with Him throughout the entire day (Matthew 14:13-16).

But they never forced His soul to be hurried.

There's a difference between being fast and being in a hurry. There is a difference between having a lot of tasks to accomplish and being overwhelmed by those tasks. Somehow in the craziness that was Jesus' life He was never overtaken by these things. That's why He's the Prince of Peace and can give peace to all of us that feel as if life is choking us with all its demands.

So in this season of busyness (I used to get sick this time of year like clockwork from being tired and stressed), take a moment and rest. Look to the One who is rest.

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest.  ‎Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.  ‎Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” ~ Jesus (Matthew 11:28-30, MSG)


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