Jesus went home. After ministering in Galilee he decided to go back to Nazareth, to reconnect with those who had known him as a little boy, to visit his mom, to speak at the synagogue that he knew like the back of his hand. At the synagogue, he spoke about his mission. The locals were at first offended and then enraged. They took him to the cliff which marked the edge of town with plans to throw him off. Then the miracle happened. Scripture says, “But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.” One man in an angry mob and “he passed through the midst of them!” He did not call for help or fight his way clear. He just passed through them.
When we think of Jesus’ miracles we consider events like healings, resurrections, calming the sea, walking on water, or turning water into wine. We never see this miracle listed, but I see it as an incredible moment that relates to our journeys so often. How many times have you walked through frightening, dangerous, heartbreaking situations and gone on to live out your life? How many times have you not been able to explain how you did it, how you made it through? How many times have you weathered opposition and hostility and continued to live victoriously? How many times has your broken heart healed? How many times has your mind been calmed by an unexplainable peace? How many times has your soul been restored? How many times have you been at the edge of the cliff sure you were going over, when some Presence led you through the fear and pain and hurt and death? Each of those times was a miracle.
Jesus knows all about standing at the cliff’s edge with other situations or people pushing you over. He knows what it is like to look down at a chasm of hopelessness and despair. He understands the pounding of your heart, the wrenching of your gut, the tears of your hurt. He reaches out his hand and leads you as you pass through the midst of them and go on your way to love and serve Him.
Reflection – What has Christ helped you pass through?
6 responses to “Passing Through”
“Jesus knows all about standing at the cliff’s edge with other situations or people pushing you over. He knows what it is like to look down at a chasm of hopelessness and despair. He understands the pounding of your heart, the wrenching of your gut, the tears of your hurt. He reaches out his hand and leads you as you pass through the midst of them and go on your way to love and serve Him.”
I have read this passage so many times and each time I’ve be struck with how odd of a story it is. Something extraordinary clearly happened, but I had never stopped to really meditate on its significance. Familiarity wth the Gospels I feel often causes us to pass over familiar stories without connecting it to our own lives and the lives of those around us. Thanks for causing me to pause and reflect on the of love of Christ.
I’d be dead in a ditch somewhere without Christ.
Excellent post. As I look back at my life it was clearly the hand of Jesus leading me through what at the time seemed liked impossible situations that I did not know how I would get through.
Thank you for this. In reading it I am connected with some of my own cliff times which I have not seen in this light. Yes, let’s raise this to be included in Jesus’ miracles. And every time we slip through such a crowd to go on to do our good work with God for others, may we too count it as God’s hand. Deepest Peace!
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