In the Worst of the Worst

“Jesus told them plainly, ‘Lazarus has died. Let us go to him…’ Now when Mary came to Jesus, she fell at his feet, saying, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’ When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. And he said, ‘Where have you laid him?’ They said to him, ‘Lord, come and see.’  Jesus wept. So the Jews said, ‘See how he loved him!’” John 11:14-15,32-36

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!” Luke 13:34

“Satan entered into Judas, who was [one] of the twelve. He went away and conferred with the chief priests how he might betray [Jesus] to them. They were glad, and agreed to give him money. So he consented and sought an opportunity to betray him… There came a crowd, and Judas was leading them. He drew near to Jesus to kiss him, but Jesus said to him, ‘Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?'” Luke 22:3-4,47-48

There is something wonderfully poignant, and mysteriously comforting, about the agonies of Jesus. Throat-closing sorrow over loss of a beloved friend, agonizing longing, painful betrayal, regretted denial, excruciating pain. As a man, He bore them all. (Matthew 27:26-50; Luke 22:54-62)

When the worst of the worst is the script of the day, or theme of the season, we do not know where to turn, and often freeze. Life’s worst can loom insurmountable, life blows can pummel us to the point of paralysis, or onto the downward spiral to despair. But when we suffer, the Lord Jesus who has been there walks each vale with us in full understanding and sympathy. He is before, beside, and behind us, our constant good companion and perfect friend. In His economy, no agony is wasted, but integral to our sanctification and the working out of His holy purposes. (Psalm 23:4; James 1:2-4)

In the cold haze of heartbreaking deaths of companionship, dreams, trust, and intimacy, Jesus promises resurrection. In every brokenness He offers redemption; in every grief, comfort; every pain, balm; every deception and betrayal, unending faithfulness and steadfast love. What to us may seem a forever death impossible to overcome, the Lord of Life offers as an opportunity for new spiritual vitality, hope, awareness, and even ministry. Our dead ends are His new roads, pathways to knowing better His grace and sufficiency, and transformation from glory to glory. (2 Corinthians 3:18; 12:7-10)

What worst are we facing or contending with today? Maybe a death that came sooner than expected, or a decision out of our control that was never expected? With every stab of grief, every sting of being mocked, every lash of hard cultural wind, every biting word of reproach, we must remember our suffering Savior. He bore our sorrows so we would not, so His will for us could prosper, so we could live with Him abundantly forever. Would we present our worst for His beautifying and redemption? (Isaiah 53:3-12; John 10:10)

Great Lord, let me not waste one ounce of the worst You ordain. Draw me closer and deeper, and teach me the power of your resurrection so I can share the fellowship of Your suffering with victory and gladness. (Philippians 3:10)

3 thoughts on “In the Worst of the Worst”

  1. This is so beautifully said… this is my prayer as well…
    Great Lord, let me not waste one ounce of the worst you have ordained in my life. Let it draw me closer and deeper to you❤️🙏🏻

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