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Rev. Dr. Delesslyn A. Kennebrew, J.D., M.Div.

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When Jesus is Troubled...

Posted on August 2, 2017 at 7:07 PM

I really do not plan to keep you long today.  I just had to acknowledge that even Jesus felt troubled..anxious...uneasy...unsettled...worried...concerned... and agitated.  I think that this is a critical acknowledgment and I am so glad the Gospel of John records this very human moment as we will read below in John 12:27-28.  I think some of us might need to brace ourselves because the exalted nature of our Lord seems to conflict with the troubled expressions of the Carpenter.  I know that you might want to take JOY in all the magnificence of the Christ but will you admit that sometimes, you need to connect with the vulnerability of Mary's baby?

I can admit it.  Yes, I worship Christ, the Son of the Living God; but sometimes, I need to know that He really does understand my every fear, pain, apprehension, desperation, and grief.  I need that from Him and I am appreciative to John for recording this conversation between God the Son and God the Father.
“Now I am deeply troubled. What should I say? ‘Father, save me from this time’? No, for this is the reason I have come to this time. Father, glorify your name!”  Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” (John 12:27-28)

I know we might want to jump to Jesus pushing through His troubled-ness, but can we pause at the period and take in what it means for Jesus to be troubled, deeply troubled?  Don't rush to the Glory!  Just sit with Jesus for a moment.  Sit with Him the same way you want someone to sit with you, pray with you, listen to you, look at you, when you feel troubled, deeply troubled. I can only imagine the weight of what lay before Him, the abuse, the cross, the tomb.  I would be deeply troubled too.  But then, in His trouble, He checks in with His purpose and He is reminded that He cannot quit now.

What should I say? ‘Father, save me from this time’? No, for this is the reason I have come to this time. Father, glorify your name!”

BlogFam, when Jesus is troubled, He checks in with His purpose so that He can press on for the glory of God!  This is what we must do.  It is OK to acknowledge whatever feelings that might keep you from moving forward.  But then you must remind yourself of the purpose for which you have been called and the mission you are to complete.  Lastly, you must give it all to God and focus on how God will get the glory through even THIS.  Do not quit!

Yes, I know this seems like an oversimplification for what most of us do when we feel deeply troubled, and maybe Jesus did a little bit more or said a little bit more to help Him process His feelings and come to the conclusion of God's Glory.  Maybe.  But verse 27 is all we have.  So, Acknowledge, Remind, and Focus.  Acknowledge your trouble.  Remind yourself of your purpose, God's purpose for you.  Focus on the Glory of God.

In other words...

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When s/he might have won if s/he'd stuck it out.
Don't give up, though the pace seems slow -
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering wo/man;
Often the struggler has given up
When s/he might have captured the victor's cup,
And s/he learned too late, when the night slipped down,
How close s/he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out -
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are -
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit -
It's when things seem worst that you mustn't quit. 

What should I say? ‘Father, save me from this time’? No, for this is the reason I have come to this time. Father, glorify your name!”

Blessings, Glory, and Sunshine.

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Reply Sharron Streeter
9:46 PM on August 10, 2017 
I came across your article on worship while studying and enjoyed your insight very much.
I followed up with the article on "Let That Donkey Go." Now, that indeed was a different perspective on that text.

May you enjoy your day,you way.
God wouldn't have it any other way.

Sharron Streeter