In times of crisis (when we are under pressure) you discover what is real (or just conceptual), what your actual default posture is (not the one you project for others to see) and to what extend knowing Jesus changes how you perceive and handle that crisis.
Looking To Jesus In Times Of Crisis
As we explore what it means to authentically follow the example of Jesus, we need to look at how he handled and postured himself in times of crisis.
“Suddenly a violent storm developed, with waves so high the boat was about to be swamped. Yet Jesus continued to sleep soundly. The disciples woke him up and said, save us Lord! We’re going to die! Jesus reprimanded them: Why are you so gripped with fear? Where is your faith?” – Matthew 8:24-26
In the garden of Gethsemane Jesus took Peter, James and John aside and said to them, “My heart is overwhelmed and crushed with grief. It feels as though I’m dying. Stay here and keep watch with me.” Then he walked a short distance away, and overcome with grief, He threw himself face down on the ground and said, “My Father, if there is any way you can deliver me from this suffering, please take it from me.” (Matthew 26:37- 46) He prayed that prayer another twice before leaving that place.
This was agony of the soul, the most intense emotions and yet His response came from His spirit – all that ultimately mattered was accomplishing and collaborating with the will of His Father.
How Did Jesus Handle It?
Read the account of Jesus grief and intense emotion at the grave of his friend Lazarus (John 11). Despite the intense emotions that He felt, His response came from His spirit.
It’s beyond dispute that Jesus experienced crisis, trauma, and pain more than most. Yet it’s clear that His default position was residing in and emanating from His spirit.
Does this give us a key to how we too, can avoid being overcome by times of crisis? Is our ‘default’ firmly rooted in our spirit? Do we allow our mind, body or emotions to silence our ‘spirit? The goal here isn’t to minimises or belittle the reality of how we think and feel in a time of crisis. However, it does show the way to be an overcomer.
Peace is not simply the absence of trouble, but the real and active presence of the Shalom that Jesus gave us.
The living and active peace of Jesus changes everything if we allow it to!
Be honest, is this kind of peace a theological concept or a personal reality for you?
– Navigator Jo