But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. Hebrews 2:9
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Compared to the age of Earth, I suppose that 33 years may truly be just “a little while,” but I think that his entire lifetime must have felt like a lot more than just “a little while” to Jesus. He spent his entire lifetime with the knowledge of what lay ahead, while living in human form. I cannot imagine how he pulled this off. Did he frequently feel anxiety and despair? I know he did during his agony in the garden, shortly before his arrest, but what about at other times?
Luke 2:41-52 tells of Jesus as a boy of 12. He had traveled to Jerusalem with his parents to a festival. Afterwards, as Mary and Joseph were walking home with extended family and friends, they realized that Jesus was not with them. They went back to Jerusalem and searched everywhere for Jesus. Three days had passed when they found him in the Temple, talking with scholars. Jesus was surprised at Mary and Joseph’s alarm. He asked them “Didn’t you know I would be in my father’s house?” So, with this level of understanding at age 12, certainly, Jesus must have spent many hours thinking about the many challenges he would meet while carrying out his ministry, and about how his life would end.
He didn’t just trade a day of torment, humiliation and an agonizing death for our salvation. He dedicated an entire lifetime to teaching about love being the route to God, all while knowing that he would ultimately be betrayed and publicly abused and murdered. I do not know of any greater act of love.
Gentle, loving Jesus, thank you for the incredible sacrifice you made for me. I accept your love, and will spread your message by sharing that love with others.
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