They Talked About Jesus
When I was a little girl and I would come home upset over something that was said or done to me at school, my mother would have the same response: “They talked about Jesus.” She wasn’t being dismissive of my feelings; she was pointing me towards an example I should follow. However, back then, I thought as a child because, well, I was a child. Those well-intentioned words of comfort had little to no affect on me. I couldn’t wrap my mind around Jesus’ trials and tribulations. I had my own!
This was during a simpler time. There were no social media concerns and I doubt if any of my tormentors had access to weapons outside of common household items. The extent of my bully experience consisted of name-calling and ruthless teasing. The only physical contact was when a boy attempted to push me off our shared seat on the school bus because I was, in his words, “weird”. Funny, but as encompassing as these people were then, I now have a hard time remembering most of their names. That same boy and I have probably crossed paths as adults and I never realized it.
Although I can’t remember many of those kids today, I never forgot my mother’s attempt to comfort me. Back then, I was aware of what my mother meant. I knew that the Pharisees and other religious leaders of the time spread lies and doubted Christ. I knew the Roman soldiers and officials mocked and crucified Him. And I knew Jesus, my Lord and Savior, triumphed over it all. He seemed too great and too far removed from a kid who felt alienated. It wasn’t until I was older and my level of understanding matured that I realized Jesus also experienced and triumphed over the very human hardships and emotions we have all faced at one time or another.
He knows how it feels to be persecuted (Matthew 2:13-14; Matthew 12). He knows how it feels to have others doubt you (Matthew 13:55-57; John 1:46). He knows how it feels to face temptation (Matthew 4:1-11). He knows how it feels to have people cut ties with you (John 6:60-66). He knows how it feels to have family turn against you (John 7:1-9). He knows the hurt of betrayal (Matthew 26: 47-50). He experienced dread (Luke 22:42-44). And pain (Matthew 26:67-68; John 19:1; 17-18). He even knows how it feels to think God has a turned a deaf ear and blind eye (Mark 15:34).
Those hardships did not derail him. Despite all these experiences, he forgave (Luke 23:24; John 8). He rejoiced (Luke 10:21). He exhibited compassion (John 11:35). He remained true to Himself (Matthew 27:11-14; John 18:37)). He was courageous (Luke 1:37-53). He loved (John 15:9-17). He helped others (Matthew 14:34-36). He completed his mission (John 19:30).
Now, when troubles mount, I think of Jesus. I’ve grown from my childish view of Him as being One far removed from my modern day trials. People, at their core, have not changed since the days Jesus walked the earth. Our environments have changed and our circumstances, but not our hearts. Thankfully, we have a wonderful example of how to persevere through Jesus Christ. So, when you are told, “They talked about Jesus,” don’t take it as a dismissive or feel the speaker has a lack of understanding. Take it as a charge to get to know Jesus better so you can apply His principles to your situation and find a measure of peace.