Let’s admit it, there will always be crisis in this life –it’s actually one of the lesser known promises of Jesus:
“In this life you will have trouble.”- John 16:33
Yet even Jesus couldn’t avoid crisis -and he actually knew where and when it would’ve occurred! The interesting thing about Jesus is how he looked at crisis from an entirely different perspective. While the average person looks at crisis in the “moment,” Jesus looked at it before the “moment.” He anticipated it.
Take for instance the following verses that lead up to several famous crises in Jesus life:
Prior to calming the storm while out at sea:
“Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.” -Mark 4:36-37
Prior to feeding 5000 people:
“When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.” -Matthew 14: 13-14
Prior to being arrested:
“When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was a garden, and he and his disciples went into it.” -John 18:1
Any one of these events could be listed as a crisis, and for us to be as successful in the midst of our own trouble it might be good to take a few queues from Jesus.
What do you see as common themes? How could you relate these to potential crisis in your life?
Tell me your thoughts!
Jason Ostrander, Director of Simply Youth Ministry Conference