Tuesday, April 19, 2011
After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, "Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me." John 13:21
"They" say the Jesus experienced every human emotion. I'm not sure if that's true or not. Women have more emotional crayons in their box so I'm skeptical that he hit all of them (being a male and all). But "troubled in spirit" is one I can understand.
I've gotten some sad news today from two different friends. And although things are going really well in my life right now, when you mess with my friends it troubles my spirit.
There's no known cure for spirit troubling. For the most part prayer, talking it out with others, and time seem to do the trick. It doesn't take away the cause of the troubled spirit - just manages the symptoms.
Its bad enough to get bad news. Worse in some cases to be betrayed. But to know before hand would be particularly troubling. I don't know how Jesus did it. I don't know how he hung out with Judas that entire time knowing that he was going to be betrayed by Judas.
And yet, I know that Jesus loved him. I know that if he had to do it over again, he'd most likely take the same path. Jesus' actions changed the world and even though he had to go through some moments of troubled spirit (not to mention what happens later in the week), he'd do it again because he loves us.
He loves us beyond what is human. He loves us for eternity.
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