How We Grow

“And he said to them, "I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.”
Luke 22:15 ESV

          God lives in the reality of a universe injured by sin. Jesus was born into a broken world, in a smelly stable. He spent his first night on earth in a feeding trough for animals. Surrounded by the degenerate nature of sin on all sides, Jesus experienced humanity at its weakest.

          We inherit overly romanticized pictures of what Christ's life and ministry were like. Jesus was well acquainted with disappointment. Many long nights Jesus spent in prayer stretching his faith to grasp the hope that He would indeed accomplish man's salvation.

          More often than not appearances offered our Lord little hope. It was not part of Christ's plan that his closest friends would deny and abandon him on the brink of his greatest personal trial. Many times Jesus had attempted to communicate to his friends the fate which awaited him, but to no avail.

          By the time Jesus sat down to share the last supper with the twelve he had accepted their current inability to comprehend his final hours. The evening began with bickering and fighting over who would be the greatest. It is likely that Jesus had imagined the close of his life very differently. Yet in spite of this Jesus genuinely longed to share that final meal with those imperfect men.

          Jesus believed in the twelve, he loved them unto the end. He loved them not because they were always sterling examples or because they were so quick to believe. He loved them because they were His and they had cast their lot in with him.

          We often operate unknowingly upon unrealistic ideas. Our Christian journey will never amount to more than a perpetual false start unless we accept the often frustrating reality of how we grow.

          Your walk with Jesus may not look "ideal," and that is ok. This side of heaven ideal does not even exist. Real is infinitely better than something that doesn't exist.

          Reflect on Christ's tender regard for the twelve and his desire to share their fellowship in spite of their glaring flaws. Real Faith in a God like this is required to survive as a Christian in a really broken world.

          We will make mistakes and that is ok, we are still greatly beloved and desired. What isn't ok is to refuse ourselves or others the grace Jesus extends to us. Doing this will only keep us trapped in an endless cycle of sin and shame.

Still Seeking His Face,
Pastor Andrew

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