Bullying’s beginning?

“The Painful Story Begins”

~from Joni and Friends

“Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity.”  Hebrews 2:14

[A few days ago] Jesus was born. His last true comfort was that final moment before slipping from His mother’s womb and out onto the rough straw and the cold night. Moments later, His mother wrapped Him tightly in swaddling clothes. Then, a borrowed feeding trough met Him. The story of His pain had begun.

Months later, did He taste tension in His mother’s milk as she hastily fled in the night from those searching to murder Him? What did Jesus feel when He grew up to learn what His presence had cost the baby boys of Bethlehem? He would have known the slaughter had been secretly laid at His family’s doorstep. How old was Jesus before realizing what neighbors thought about His mother and her morals? Was He ever taunted for being illegitimate? Did the young boy with His family in Egypt ever feel like a refugee? Was He treated like He didn’t belong?

Bible open air museum in Nijmegen. Beith Juda ...

Bible open air museum in Nijmegen. Beith Juda Jewish village: Carpenter´s shop like the one, Joseph, Jesus´ father, was probably working in. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Years later, growing up in Nazareth and plying his father’s adz in the carpenter’s shop, He no doubt saw Roman soldiers pass outside the shop window. Their plumed helmets reminded Him daily that foreigners owned His country. We never read in the Bible that this young man drew appreciative glances from girls in His neighborhood. “He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him” (Isaiah 53:2). This is the way Jesus lived His young life. He shared in our humanity and became acquainted with pain from the manger to His ministry at 30 years of age.

We celebrate a Savior who, from the moment of His birth, empathized with our humanity. Our God is not a deity who leans over His ivory tower, uncaring or unfeeling about His subjects far below. Whatever hurt is hounding you today, God is here, near, real, and empathetic.

Our God is a God of love. Knowing this truth is the best gift to carry forward, 2014.

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2 thoughts on “Bullying’s beginning?

  1. Thank you for sharing and you are right just like God was with his son Jesus from the beginning to the end God is with us as well..now through his son Jesus Christ who proved himself loyal to his Father .Even Jesus on the cross felt forsaken by his Father until he surrendered his Spirit to His Father with Trust…Jesus shows us the way and the likeness of his Father and you are right God is not some entity that is leaning over his ivory tower uncaring, Due to His Loyalty/ Obedience to the very end, as is written in Philippians 2:8-9 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name…. Jesus has been given authority to rule as Our King and sits at the right hand of his Father.. and therefore Jesus says in John 14:6 “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. AMEN!!!!

    • Thank you for sharing God’s truth in such a positive way, in fact, what you have said leads us into the new year. We must come to the Father through Jesus Christ and how frequently we look to the right and to the left for other “more appealing” options. There are none. We must come to Jesus Christ and let Him lead. I pray that you and I will do so this coming year and perhaps even gently guide others to this truth. Blessings, Gracie

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