Monday, April 6,2020
When we are suffering, we have the tendency to become so focused on how we are hurting that we fail to see the needs of others around us. Our pain can cause us to feel incapable of reaching out to meet the needs of others. We can become bitter towards life and people because we believe others should be helping us.
When we see Jesus on the cross, in excruciating agony, we might assume that He is only focused on getting out of it, or at the minimum ending it quickly by dying. And yet, in His third statement from the cross, Jesus models true compassion for us. He shows us that we are capable, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to care about others when we ourselves are in need of care.
Woman, behold your son” (John 19:26).
As Jesus suffered on the cross His mind was still on others. He saw His mother standing near the Apostle John and said, “Woman, behold your son.” He then looked at John and said, “Behold your mother!” By doing this He was entrusting the care of His mother to John.
The law of God required the firstborn son to take care of his parents, and Jesus was obeying the law of God up until the end. Never once did Jesus fail to uphold the spiritual principles of the law. It was a part of His obedience to the redemptive purpose of God. The spotless Lamb of God would remain spotless, even while bearing our sin on the cross.
We all tend to get self-absorbed with our own troubles. We get so focused on the pain, and seeking solutions, that we fail to notice the people around us to whom God has called us to minister grace in their time of need.
Years ago my wife and I had a dear friend who was dying of cancer. She was confined to a hospital bed in her living room. She was so weak she needed help with every basic necessity of life. Yet she found the strength to send us a card of encouragement, and she even wrote out a story of her Journey for me, which I still have in my files. Up until the day she died, she saw the needs of others and did whatever she could to help those people.
How about you? Can you see beyond your own inconveniences right now, and reach out to others who are also in need? Can we all join together in a commitment to what the Holy Spirit says in Philippians 2:3-5?
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,