Was Jesus A “Sissy”?
I have read many times the accounts of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane and never fully “got” what I am about to share with you until today. I was having a conversation with someone who is becoming a great friend and I have to tell you I walked away changed. Here is what we talked about.
Many times people we know go through trauma but decide they are going to go inward and try to deal with it privately. There are many reasons for that which I will cover tomorrow on my blog but for today we are going to talk about the deep need we all have for other people to be there for us in our pain. Many of you might say that you don’t need others and you want to get through things on your own. I mean after all many of us have been raised like that or we have been hurt by people and we have become like Fort Knox when it comes to our hearts. We have also learned by default that if we go through a problem we suck it up and take it like a man. We have the notion that it is weakness to open up and to be needy at times. We need to portray that we have it all together and if we don’t we need to act like we do. The problem is I cannot find that in scripture anywhere. It is not there. Here is what I do find though.
Matthew 26:38, 40 (Jesus said) “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” Then He returned to His disciples and found them sleeping. ‘Could you not watch and pray with Me for one hour?”
In Chapter 26 Jesus actually came to see if His disciples were awake three separate times. Why? Jesus needed those closest to Him. He needed them to show up and to join Him in His pain. He needed them to watch and to pray with Him. He needed them to just be there for Him. Not like they could change what was about to happen but He needed them none-the-less. Jesus??? The Son of God needed people to be there for Him? Jesus was not a sissy, He is the epitome of strength but even God’s Son knew there were times when He needed people to join Him in His pain. He was hurting and He wanted those closest to Him to be there. Unfortunately, His disciples did what most of us do. They didn’t show up.