“Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour?’ No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your Name!”
-John chapter 12 verses 27-28a
Father, save me from this hour…
The verses above are words spoken byJesus shortly after He was anointed by Mary of Bethany, in preparation for His death. Jesus knew He was going to die. He knew every gruesome detail of the torture and humiliation He wouldface in the coming days; the agony
He would endure in bearing the weight of the sin of all people and the unfettered wrath of God. He knew of the unjust trial, rejection, abandonment, shame, grief, and separation from His Father awaiting Him. He knew all of it, and His soul was in turmoil, understandably.
Jesus’ circumstances were unprecedented, and particularly difficult, but His response was equally mind- boggling and astonishing.
In the face of these challenging circumstances, Jesus acknowledged His personal anguish, but also spoke of the reason for His resilience- His confidence in the purposes of God for His life. Because of His clarity of purpose,
He refused to be “rescued” despite the certainty of hardship and suffering which lay ahead. Instead, Jesus boldly cried, “Father, glorify Your Name!”
Clarity of purpose
Jesus’ example of perseverance in spite of severe difficulties, gives us hope that we too, can persevere, despite our own personal challenges. Like Jesus, we too can refuse to draw back when walking through rough seasons, because of the assurance of God’spurposes for our lives.
Nothing in our lives occurs by accident, or by chance. Our Heavenly Father is incredibly thoughtful about the ways He takes us along, and Jesus’ leadership of our lives is perfect and gentle. We can trust that, like our Saviour, the trials we are called to endure (not consequences of our sin), proceed from the heart of God to us, overflowing from his boundless love and grace.
We can trust too, that the circumstance He allowsis consistent with His character- God is good. He is not unjust, sadistic, cruel or wicked. Jesus loves me, and therefore because of my confidence in His character, and in the goodness of His intentions towards me, I can attain clarity of purpose in the midst of pain.
I can trust that it is for this reason that I have come to this hour and, I can ask for perspective and insight into what that reason might be. Jesus’ reason was the salvation of the world through Him, ours may be different.
Perhaps the Lord, by allowing grief, is expanding our heart to comfort His people; perhaps by allowing rejection, He’s giving us grace to shed our addiction tothe fear of man and people pleasing. Peradventure, by allowing some other dark night of the soul, (sickness, financial instability, spousal abandonment, children leaving the faith, redundancy, unfair criticism, character maligning etc.),
He is giving us entrance into intimacy with His Son. Giving us also grace to refocus on the one thing that is needed… a reminder of our pilgrim status in this worldand a stirring up of a longing for the return of our Bridegroom King- Jesus Christ.
New Oil and Wine
Oil and wine are created by pressing and crushing olives and grapes. The crushing and pressing process is brutal - the fruit are bruised, battered and ultimately obliterated, never to be olives or grapes again. The transformational result,however, is beautiful and worth the pain of the process.
In this hour, when believers need new oil and wine to persevere through this wicked age (in which we are required to shine like stars), let us be mindful of the process to obtain said oil and wine, and submit to it.
Perseverance is worked through tribulation and testing. Let us obtain the grace freely available to us (by asking) to walk through the valley of the shadow of death with joy and without fear, and let the caverns echo with our shouts of “Father, glorify Your name!”
Francesca Tavares is a daughter, friend, avid reader, attorney-at-law, and porridge connoisseur. She enjoys Jesus and fulfilling His purposes for her life on Earth.