The Scariest Duty - Part 3
Chaplain Bill Wolfe / Llano County Sheriff's Department
It’s difficult to decide just where to start now that I’ve got to start somewhere. I guess I’ll start with a portion of the 4th verse of the Book of John, Chapter 18: “Jesus therefore, knowing all the things that were coming upon Him, went forth…” So often we read that verse and I don’t think we really stop to contemplate what it says. Jesus knew. He comprehended what physical pain was coming. He was just in the Garden of Gethsemane with His disciples where He agonized about what He was about to suffer. Dare I ask? Could Jesus have had a season of fear? He was fully human. It would be human to fear what He knew was coming. Preaching was easy. Healing the sick required little physical courage. But this … His crucifixion … this was something else again.
But Jesus knew that this, His scariest duty, was His duty. No one but Himself could carry this load. This was the whole reason He came to earth. It was The Plan from the very beginning. He did it willingly. He did it for us.
The scariest part of His scariest duty, I believe, came as He hung on that Cross. In Mark 15:34 it says: Jesus cried out in a loud voice “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?” Up until that point, the Father had always been with the Son. Suddenly, Jesus was on His own. That had to be a terrifying, and possibly unforeseen, experience. Moments after that, He “gave up the ghost” and suffered His line-of-duty death.
But the Good News of Easter is that He didn’t stay dead. They buried Him behind a huge rock, but it couldn’t keep Him in the grave. Remember I said: “A person may well come out the other side a changed individual…” Jesus did just that. He “came out the other side” as the Risen Christ, with a glorified body – a body that while being solid to the touch could walk through walls, one that was no longer subject to death and aging.
Now, the Scripture tells us, He “ever liveth to make intercession” for us. (Hebrews 7:25 KJV) Because Jesus made it through His scariest duty, He is ready, willing and able to walk with us as we go through our “scariest duties.”
I’ve run out of time again. Drop me an email and we can talk more about it.
Until then: Blessings to you and yours.