Jesus Kneeling by the Side of the Road
How far are we willing to go to really love the Lord?
From the Lions and the Bride
by Marianne Tioran
Concept: Embracing the cross
Jesus told us to pick up our cross and follow him. We must do so willingly.
Embracing the cross is more than the private consecration of your heart to Jesus.
It also means being sensitive to those around you who are suffering on their crosses.
Because, it says in scripture that we are to see Jesus in our fellow man, and when they suffer, He suffers.
If we cannot look at our hurting neighbor, and see Jesus hurting as well, then we are not true believers.
Furthermore, embracing the cross also means being sensitive to our own present and future sins, because each one is a nail through his hands.
We must learn to care more about what hurts Jesus, than what hurts ourselves.
He wants to share his heart with us.
Therefore, we must not ignore Him nor be lukewarm.
We must be passionate in our devotion to Him, as He is toward us.
On July 6, 1999 I had a dream about the Lord, which conveys this message of the cross better than I can. It is my burden to present it here.
In the dream I saw that it was close to the time of the crucifixion.
I saw Jesus in his long robe, kneeling on the small path leading to Calvary.
I was trying different things to help Jesus feel comforted.
He sweetly rejected my attempts. Helpless, I just stood there. He continued to kneel, facing Calvary.
The path then changed into a modern highway, and Jesus became a lonely figure kneeling on the side of the road.
He was taking on all our present day sins, as well as those we haven’t committed yet.
Suddenly, a large vehicle drove by a very great speed, and the wind from its passing almost knocked Jesus over. Other traffic flew by. He was covered with dust, but He continued to kneel.
It was Jesus, Himself, on the side of the road, someone any of us would want to meet in person.
Yet no one stopped.
They just flew by and ignored Him. They didn’t notice. Or, if they noticed, they didn’t care. Jesus was treated with indifference, or apathy.
Question for each of us
Jesus is kneeling on the side of our road. Will we stop and care, or will we not care, and just pass by?
Are we lukewarm toward Him?
There is not only Jesus Himself that is on our path, but our fellow man, in whom His spirit resides.
Do we face our present and future sins with carelessness? Are we blind to our own faults? Do we assume that since we are “covered by the blood,” we don’t need to try that hard to avoid sin? Do we take our time repenting, or even worse, do we deny, or justify our sins?
If so, then we are guilty of crucifying Him afresh.
We need to learn to just stop and care. We need to crucify, and purify, our own hearts and stop piercing His.
We should not look away from evil and harm being done to others. This is spiritual cowardice.
If we allow the evil, by refusing to stop and care and take action, then we are guilty too.
And all we have done is thrown dust all over a lonely suffering figure kneeling by the side of the road. We must learn to forget ourselves, and think only of Him.
Back to embracing the cross
Embrace the cross and you will embrace His heart.
Become His possession.
Climb on the cross, and share His heart, and know the love He has for you.
Know the beauty of sacrificial love. Become a living sacrifice for Him.
Don’t do the artificial thing, and just “think” about the sufferings of Christ as a historical event. This is not embracing the cross.
Don’t just think about how Jesus forgave others who hurt and tortured Him. Forgive others who hurt you.
Don’t just think on the meekness of Jesus, as He endured and submitted to judgment by others.
Do the same as He did.
Do we forget ourselves, and help the oppressed, heal the broken hearted, and feed the poor, as Jesus did?
Do we raise those who are bowed down, or do we have time for them?
Allow Him to possess you.
The Lord is very jealous over anyone who has utterly abandoned himself to Him.
He promises to come when they call out to Him. He hears the cry of the righteous and delivers them from all their troubles.
It is the fire, the passion, of the cross that brings God closer to us.
And it is our love that drives us to embrace the cross to begin with.
It is a constant process of drawing closer, and closer to the only One that matters.
Love the Lord. Love others.
Whatever breaks their hearts, let it break yours.
Allow your spirit to become passive before the beauty and love of the Lord.
And as He lifts you upward toward Himself, He will purify you.
The more you passively submit to the Lord, the quicker you will draw to Him.
His greatest passion is to love you.
And, as you melt and become nothing before Him on your cross, the sweet fragrance of your living sacrifice will rise before His throne of grace and honor Him.
As you annihilate, and forget, your “self,” you will enter into the true worship, presence and glory of God.