Friday, April 2, 2010

Stuff happens and life goes on . . .

This week, in studying the events leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus, I was struck with one particular passage found in Matthew 26:31-32 NLT.  After the Passover meal in the upper room, Jesus matter-of-factly tells his disciples, "Tonight, all of you will desert me."  After he quotes Zechariah 13:7, a passage that foretells that betrayal, he goes on to say, "But after I have been raised from the dead, I will go ahead of you to Galilee and meet you there."

Just like that.  You guys in whom I have poured myself for the last three years are going to tuck tail and run tonight.  When the going gets tough, the tough get going  . . . out-of-town.  Stuff happens and by the way, I'll meet you in Galilee after I come back from the dead.

There's something incredible about how Jesus tied those two statements together.  In one breath, he tells his closest followers, those to whom he entrusts his message, that they are all, every last stinking one of 'em, going to desert him in his greatest hour of need.  In the next breath, he just as calmly tells them that he'll meet them in Galilee in a few days after he's done with the death thing.  Stuff happens and life goes on. Desertion is just a side-bar in the plan and there's no sense in letting it derail the plan.

I want to be able to look at life the way that Jesus did.  I don't want to fret over things that are just the stuff of life and I don't want those things to impact my willingness to be there for others in Galilee, where they're going to need me.  Life here on earth is short.  I think Jesus was telling us here that we must not waste time fretting over every injustice or betrayal that we may experience in the few years that we have but, rather we need to move on with the business of living.  I think Jesus was giving us a peek at what living with an eternal perspective looks like and it's no coincidence that he wove it into the events leading up to his death and resurrection. 

How do you interpret this passage and how does your thinking on it differ from mine?

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