“Now My soul has become troubled; and what shall I say, ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour.”

John 12: 27

 

Jesus was revealing a very human aspect of Himself, for as He was explaining the fact that the time for His death was near, Jesus also expresses the deep concern and dread that the events that were coming were causing in His heart. Even Jesus felt the sort of anxiety that brings about sweaty palms and a pounding heart. Even Christ needed to talk about the way that He felt and to express His concerns to the Father and to the people who were close to Him.

 

The same things are true for all of us. Yet there are many times when it seems that it is best to put on a brave front and to continue as if there is nothing to be concerned about. We face into situations that are causing our stomachsto churn and our minds to race in anticipation of the worst with a smile on the face and with all of our honest feelings stuffed deep inside a box that is labeled “Confident and Optimistic.” But Jesus shows us a different model.

 

While not doubting the Father’s plan or His purpose in it, Jesus still was able and willing to open up to those who were close to Him, and He was willing to let them know that the course that He was on was not easy and that it was about to become even harder. He was vulnerable and that vulnerability gave others an opportunity to join Him in the real journey of the heart and the mind. Christ wants us to trust Him and to trust the human spiritual family that He has given to us with the same sort of honest expression of our real state of being. Just as the Father responded to Jesus’ expression of need with reassurance, Christ does respond to our openness with His truth, love, and strength.