Jesus says, "Come to me just as you are"
Just to reflect on this for a while what is Jesus saying here?
Its very simple Jesus wants you just as you are, he doesn't want you to dress up, or pretend you feel differently or be someone else he wants just you as you. Whatever way you are feeling whether you're happy, sad, lonely, depressed, angry, filled with hate, guilt, feel useless, feel on top of the world, full of joy, peace, his there for you always and you'll discover there is a season for everything a time for every feeling and emotion you'll find someone who truly understands someone who has lived and being through it all before you, some who wants to lead the way but this someone Jesus needs a yes from you as he is so gentle he won't force you, won't be intrusive he wants it to come from your own free will .
"For God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but so that through him the world might be saved".
first station of the cross
we look at Pilate as he is in the picture .His sitting on his throne fists
clinched tough and hard looking intensely at Jesus.
Jesus standing in front of Pilate looking weak and broken after the ordeal of his last few days. What has this picture to tell us about Jesus, about us, and about life? Jesus was an innocent victim. How many times have we being innocent victims or felt that way? Here are some examples being a child in a alcoholic home, involved in an accident, abused either mentally, physically or emotionally, some one we know killed, Being born disabled, someone close dying, being an alcoholic, addict or gambler, hurt by someone, someone disappearing, someone walked out on you etc. I could go on and on but these are just some situations we can find ourselves in. These are death situations, which can leave us devastated and can take years to come to terms with. So at some stage in all our lives we have felt we were innocent victims where we questioned why did this happen to me? Why me? The way a lot of people react to this to start feeling sorry for them selves they sit on there pity pot get comfortable and stay on it enjoying the attention they are receiving from others as they repeat there story and in there story they mention all the people involved usually tarring them to shreds. All this leads to death within this won't lead to life, to growth, to healing. What will lead to life is Jesus' way lets look at the picture again. Jesus stands there totally innocent willing to accept his sentence he is not saying why me? But says why not me? He shows us a new approach to our problems a more positive approach .No matter what situation we are in to accept it is the first step. Acceptance doesn't come very easy and takes time but if you pray for acceptance it will come to you quicker here is a prayer that will help you "Lord grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference".
You and I are also in that picture because we can identify with Pilate and Jesus here's how .In Jesus' weakness there is a strength shining through, his quiet and gently looking, he is full of courage not fear he is willing to accept what ever Pilate says to him doesn't retaliate, or struggle. Pilate on the other hand is serious and hard looking possibly full of fear and hatred his ready to condemn an innocent man there both opposites. Pilate said to them "Look at that Man ". How many times in our lives have we pointed the finger and said look what his doing, or did you hear about so and so. How we love to talk about other people when there having problems. So Pilate and Jesus are part of us the Pilate side of us leads to death within the Jesus side of us leads to life within us. So if we look to Jesus he will teach us to turn fear into courage, hatred into love, he will show us how to start looking at our selves instead of others, teach us to accept our problems, instead of saying why me? We will be able to say why not me? .
1. Jesus tells us "in your weakness I shall be your strength".
2. God my Lord is my strength, he will make my feet as light as a doe's and set my steps on the heights. Set your hearts on his kingdom first, and on Gods saving Justice, and all these other things will be given to you.
3. Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name, you are mine. Should you pass through the waters, shall be with you; or through rivers, they will not swallow you up. Should you walk through fire, you will not suffer and the flame will not burn you for I am your God, your Saviour. Do not be afraid for I am with you always