DayBreaks for 06/12/12 – Lessons in Human Nature #2
Mt. 27:55 – 55 And many women who had come from Galilee with Jesus to care for him were watching from a distance.
The various descriptions of human behavior around, or at the time of the crucifixion, are fascinating. Here, we learn that there were many women who were followers of Jesus (after all, they’d followed him all the way from Galilee to Jerusalem) were witnesses to the crucifixion. This is not surprising, I suppose. Just as in modern times, it seems that women are often the first to follow Jesus, and a visit to a local church will find more women than men in attendance. So, first of all, let’s give women their due. There is a great deal that we men can, and should, learn from them!
But here, we find the women “watching from a distance” – what a description! Why were they at a distance? It wasn’t apparently because women weren’t allowed to be close to the actual site, for Mary, Jesus’ mother, was at the foot of the cross. I suspect it was a combination of fear and revulsion.
The revulsion part comes in to play at any gruesome scene. Consider cars passing by a fatal accident on the road. There is a fascination with what is going on, but does anyone really want to stick their head inside the car and witness the carnage if you don’t have to? No.
The fear part is obvious. Death and crucifixions were afoot.
The lesson here is this: we want to be involved with Jesus, to see him and his story and hear his words, but only from a distance. When we get too close to Him, the temperature rises and the water gets hot, just as Peter learned in the courtyard of Pilate. These women were most likely very interested and concerned about what was happening, but also terrified – Romans didn’t care if they crucified men, women or children – and these women may well have been terrified for their lives so it is hard to blame them.
That makes me ask: what would you and I have done? Would we have been there at all?
PRAYER: Lord, I know you don’t want followers who follow at arm’s distance, but disciples who are covered in your dust, disciples who have your blood fall on them from the cross, not who stand at a distance. Forgive us our quaking fears for our own safety over the advance of Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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