Power and Weakness

I have often thought about Jesus walking the road to the cross on purpose – it starts about halfway through the book of Mark – He turns deliberately and there is almost a drum beat in the background as Jesus purposes to do what He came  to earth to do.  As Peter chops off the ear of the man in the garden – a man there to arrest Jesus – Jesus heals.  Jesus, who was under attack, takes time to heal.

But then, on the final walk to Golgatha, something different happens.  Jesus couldn’t carry his cross.  The scripture doesn’t have him doing anything at this point but surviving.  The centurions pull someone from the crowd to carry his cross.  Jesus understands what it is like to be so far down you can’t give, you can only receive.

However, He didn’t stay there.  Within a few hours, he was again in himself enough to refuse vinegar and extend love.

No matter where you are in life, the Holy Spirit will give you the ability to extend love today.

“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms”

Eph. 1:17-20


2 Responses to “Power and Weakness”

  1. Jeanine Says:

    Good points! I especially appreciate your comment, “No matter where you are in life, the Holy Spirit will give you the ability to extend love today.” The harder that is to do, the more we know it is coming from God!

  2. Barbara Says:

    I was thinking about that just last Sunday. How Jesus couldn’t carry the cross for a while and that man named Simon had to carry it. I was pondering what that meant to us today. Thanks, Kim!

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