Jesus is weak

November 9, 2006

Jesus knows what it is to be weak and strong, just as Paul said he knew.  (Phil 4:12)

I had a very moving time this morning taking calls from those concerned about self harming relatives or dealing with the problem themselves.  Many of those who phoned were hurting people both emotionally and physically, but through their stories i saw Jesus, vulnerable and weak, needing care and tenderness.

Jesus was beaten, rejected, wounded and ignored.  He can relate to our hurts and pains.  Whatever we struggle with, whatever we try to overcome, whatever seems to be beating us, Jesus is right there and knows our every pain whether anyone else on earth understands or not.

I suppose the three messages i wanted to give to those callers were – you are loved, God understands, there is a way forward! 

The challenge i feel today is to reach out in love to others because in doing so i am ministering to a hurting Jesus.

What you do to the least in this world you do to me (Jesus).

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21 Responses to “Jesus is weak”

  1. Lorna said

    That’s why I hate what the church is doing to Haggard. We need to reach out – not step back with a look of horror on our face.

    He sinned.

    Guess what – every leader in church, and every person who sits on a pew does too.

    He should be held accountable but he should also be helped in finding his way back into the arms of God. Not rejected and abandoned.

    somedays I hate what we Christians do.

  2. Raymond said

    Yet at the same time, Jesus is strong too. I hear what you’re saying – but the reason why I react so strongly to it as well is because many men in the Church have been put off by a wrong understanding of what a “weak” Jesus is – a “sissy, doormat, Jesus” who looks more like a girl from some of the portrayals of him. Jesus knew who he was as a man and as a beloved son of God, he had received the strength to be who he was from his Father, and so he was able to freely choose to become weak and lay his life down for us. This is very different from how some people (myself included, in the past) misinterpret Christianity (the devil twists it), as being an excuse to be a doormat – being weak because you don’t know your own self-worth and so you just give it away.

    See http://www.christianniceguy.com/

    Sorry to hijack this post.

  3. Coops said

    Hey Maria, do you work in a call center? Or did all your friends call you for help?

  4. Mag said

    Love both thoughts. Vulnerability…being real about out needs, and strong…not being dominated by them, but filled with His strength. A profound paradox.

    Raymond, I would suggest that a countering or balancing thought is not “hijacking”, but iron sharpening iron. What very thing is what I love about blogging. Keep at it. Great comments.

  5. Maria Toth said

    No i don’t work in a call centre, but good guess! 🙂

    Every blessing
    Maria
    http://www.inhishands.co.uk

  6. Wow, you have an amazing ministry.

  7. helenl said

    Hi Maria, Reaching out in love is ministry, indeed.

  8. christiekk said

    Amen Maria.
    Jesus is so close to the brokenhearted and the wounded and he conletely understand how we feel in those moments becasue he has been there too.
    Thanks for reaching otu to the body of Christ.

    God bless

  9. Great post.
    I enjoyed reading your blog
    Thank you for stopping and add your thoughts at mine. You are welcome any time.
    God bless you in your ministry.
    I am looking forward to reading more of your blog.
    Have a great week!

  10. Peter said

    I’d echo preacherman, thanks for dropping by 🙂

    I think I’d agree with Raymond. From a male point of view, it’s good not to equate weakness with effeminateness, which is what happens sometimes.

  11. I totally enjoy your blog and would like to post a bookmark to it over at mine: http://thywordistruth.wordpress.com/

    It deals with topical (and personal) issues of the day from a Christian perspective.

    I’d love to know what you think about it.

    Blessings to you,

    Jim

  12. Alex said

    This poses a great challenge to many men; to be strong enough to be weak.

    I accept!

    AD

  13. Steve said

    Keep up the ministry and Prayer.

    Steve.

  14. misslionheart said

    Your posts are always so thought-provoking….
    Please call in soon!

  15. I am so glad you dropped by my blog today. I LOVE, I mean really love, your site! It is stunning and inspiring in both its design and your writing. I will be subscribing to your feed for sure.

    Where do you work?

  16. timglass said

    What a great challenge to live the gospel!

  17. Being able to give me the message of Christ at your work is an amazing thing! You said that you “wanted” to give the three callers that message — did you or were you not able? Was there a reason why you couldn’t?

    I struggle with sharing the gospel at work but feel very convicted to do a better job of doing so. Comfort, pride and selfishness are not what we were called to do in Acts 1:8. However, I continue to find ways out of being obedient to that command.

  18. Thanks Maria — your 3 points are great and definately need to be shared with others!

  19. Mrs. Mac said

    Just dropping by for a visit. Thanks for the anniversary greeting yesterday. I’ll be back soon. Nice thought provoking blog.

  20. Maria Toth said

    Janice, my work is ecclectic and is in a Christian environment… i get up to all sorts eg Today i got to talk to a Nigerian Professor of Theology who is also a nun; on Monday i will be with Moya Brennan the Irish singer finding out more about her faith, in between i will be celebrating my sister’s birthday, playing keyboard for praise and worship and enjoying life.
    God bless
    Maria

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