When… Jesus was in danger
“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings and you were not willing!” Luke 13:34
We praise the firefighters who run into the burning building while we run out. And so, we should. We marvel at the soldiers who head into the direction of the fire fight and explosions while the refugees are down the road away from the deadly danger. And so we should. We have no adequate words of thanks for the police and the first responders who do not think of themselves first when the danger rises up and we are terrified for our own safety.
When… we are in danger we look for the first responders who are coming for us and for our sake. Can you imagine saying, “No, thanks, I don’t need you.” “No, I don’t want your assistance because you ask too much of me when you say, ‘Follow me, I know the way to safety.’”
Jesus is the ultimate first responder. He is the firstborn from the dead. He is the way to life. He is the ultimate responder when we’re calling out to God for our lives, for hope, for relief. Jesus runs toward the fire. Jesus heads in the direction of the killing sounds. He comforts the refugees of life. He didn’t think of Himself first. He was ever focused on us, on you, on me. Can you imagine saying, “No, thanks anyway Jesus. I can go it on my own. I don’t really need you. You ask too much of me when You say, ‘Follow Me. I am the Way through this to life.’”
Jesus faced danger for us.
He is the Way.