Permission to be Human

My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch. And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.

Mark 14:34-35 

  • Jesus rebuked the storm and walked on water.
  • He healed the sick and raised the dead.
  • His wisdom had no match and His power had no end.
  • He was simply amazing!

So that’s why these verses in Mark may surprise us. Because there’s Jesus… on the ground and shaken out of place… desperately looking for a way out. agony

What a human moment for the Son of God! And what a comfort to us who can’t always keep it all together.

Most of our life we are told be strong! Keep a stiff upper lip! But that’s hard to do when you’re upset. When we get emotional our lips usually tremble. And the whole idea behind “keeping a stiff upper lip” is to hide our emotions. We certainly don’t want others to see us as during a weak moment.

But here’s Jesus letting more than his lip quiver. He’s completely shaken out of place. Wow. Not only can I worship the Savior… I can relate with Him too. He puts me at ease because He knows what it is to be human. Sometimes I’m shaken up and I quiver. People roll their eyes and shake their head. And in such times I feel more like a two year old than a stalwart champion of God.

Haven’t we all been there? At one time or another, others have seen us at a low point. Not standing at the top of the world… but looking more like Jesus did… on the ground… tears mingled in dirt.

It’s embarrassing – because we dress to impress.  But look at Jesus. It’s just nice to know we have permission to be human.


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