Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Son of Man...


I think that perhaps my favorite title for Jesus is Son of Man.
It's hard to wrap the finite mind around the fact that God became Man,
that He laid aside His godly rights and took on human weakness and frailty.
For love.
For us.
I think of how frustrated I am about all the the terrible heart wrenching current events happening in our world.
Jesus must have felt the same way when He walked this earth in a human body.
He lived in the midst of the oppression and injustice of Roman rule.
He saw poverty.
He saw sickness.
I'm sure even two thousand plus years ago there was rape and murder and crime.
He was physically in the middle of all of this sin twisted mess,
yet He did't use His godly power, the same power with which He created this earth,
to clean the mess all up.
He didn't make every sick person well.
He didn't stop Roman oppression.
He didn't put an end to poverty.
Instead, He fully trusted in His Father's voice, His Father's instructions, 
and only did what His Father told Him to,
and only spoke what His Father told him.
He healed the lepers, and the lame, and the blind.
He fed the five thousand.
He raised Lazarus from the dead.
He had a life changing encounter with a Samaritan woman.
But He didn't heal everyone.
He didn't feed everyone.
Families lost loved ones to death and Jesus didn't come to the rescue.
It wasn't His time to make all the wrong things right,
not yet.
And then He died and rose again and hung around for forty days before ascending into heaven.
There's a Human Being sitting in the seat of honor at God the Father's right hand.
One of us, the Son of Man, is ruling and reigning in heaven.
And still He waits for the nod from the Father,
the go ahead signal,
the final trumpet sound,
when He can come back to planet earth,
but this time in the fullness of His glory and His splendor.
This time, He will come to clean the whole mess up.

Today as I walked beside the sea, I thought of Jesus' time here on earth, 
of how so much of His life was spent by the sea.
I wondered if the One Who spoke the sea into existence looked at it and murmured under His breath, "this is good!", like He did on the day He made it.
 I thought about how He was at peace doing what His Father told Him to do, 
even when there was still a whole lot of mess He could do nothing about.
I thought about how He trusted the Father with the rest, about how He trusted the Father with the timing.
 I realized, that's the way I have to live in order to not be overwhelmed, 
in order to not be overcome.
I have to listen to the Father and do what He says,
help who He says to help,
say what He says to say,
and trust the whole rest of the mess to Him.
Until it's time,
until He gives Jesus the nod,
until the trumpet sounds,
and finally,
(finally!),
the Son of Man returns.

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19 comments:

  1. i could sit and watch the waves all day.

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    1. Me, too! Jesus seems especially near when I'm by the sea.

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  2. Great reminder for us all. We only need to slow down and listen to what God
    wants us to do. We each have our own part, and He will instruct us and lead us if we listen.

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    1. robyn, I so agree. God wants to show us what to do if we will just listen and obey when He does!

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  3. Oh Elizabeth! This is such a timely reminder to us all. Thank you, sweet sister in Christ, for sharing these words of encouragement and hope!

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    1. Anne, Thank you! Your encouragement means a lot to me.

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  4. Makes me want to shout! And one of these days, Jesus will get the nod from the Father and the heavens will part and we will see Him in all of His glory!
    An amazing promise to keep before us as we run this race!
    Beautifully written, my friend. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you, Susan. What a day that will be!

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  5. Morning Elizabeth,
    Going to the beach speaks volumes to me about the Lord too, I always feel so
    close to Him there. The relaxation of listening the ocean waves just seem to
    to wash away all the debri and clutter of our minds so we can hear him so clearly.
    This was a great post hon, I totally agree with all you said, and it was so
    encouraging...........

    The other day I was praying that the Lord would save ( meaning spare the lives of the ones that have their lives threatened in Iraq especially) and I felt like the Lord said, save them to what...........and I thought about how horrible life is there, and my next thought was a verse God gave me years ago when a Missionary and Mom of 4 kids, one with cebral palsy passed away, I just couldn't understand
    it, and in my bible reading the Lord gave me Isaiah 57:1-2, that the gist of it is righteous people are taken away to be spared from evil..........wow that brought peace to my heart right way, and he gave me the same scripture again about the christians in Iraq. God is taking them away to spare them from evil..............and I just know that God's grace is so on them, it is like nothing they every experienced before. Because in my heart I know and you do too, that God is good, even in the midst of all the chaos, he has a plan and he has a reason, and it usually has to do with reaching the lost........him
    giving people one more chance and more time cause HE doesn't desire that
    any should perish, but all would come to eternal life.

    Enjoy your lovely beach stay hon, sounds wonderful.
    Blessings, Nellie

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    1. We are kindred spirits in this. I'm convinced that Jesus is especially near by when I'm by the sea!

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  6. Your words are a balm to my heart, soul & mind right now. Giving thanks & praise to God for speaking through you once again for just the reminder I need right now! We are blessed as Christians to know that He is with us even during the midst of all that is going on in our world. Right now I just had a vision of Jesus in the boat, a reminder of how trusting in God will carry us through the storms of life.

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    1. Thank you, Krista, for the reminder that Jesus is in the boat with us during these turbulent times.

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  7. Thank you so much for hosting! Beautiful title for Jesus is Son of Man ! Thank you for sharing!
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    1. Thank you for popping in here, Laura, and for your encouraging post.

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  8. This is so beautiful, Elizabeth. This reflection on the Son of Man. It speaks comfort to my own frustrated, prone to being overwhelmed heart. I'm grateful for these glimpses of him, and like you, I see and experience this by the water so often. Peace to you, friend.

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    1. Thank you, Amber. We are in overwhelming times and these thoughts brought comfort and clarity to me as well.

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  9. Love this so very much. I want to keep blessing others as He leads while awaiting His return. I do hope it's soon. So much pain here. But my hope is in Him. So I walk each day listening for His leading.

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  10. Oh you are right, Jesus must have been heartbroken at not being able to help everyone.
    When I think about Jesus returning, I think back to my childhood. I used to not want Him to until I was married and had kids. Well that has happened, so come back anytime Lord!

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