Already it’s day two of Lent and I forgot about my commitment to spend my commute listening to the Bible. I did remember as I was running a few errands and turned it on, but isn’t that just the case? I was really focused on Ash Wednesday and then a day later, I forgot that the season of Lent has only begun!
How often do I just forget to spend time in prayer or reading of my Bible? How often do I forget to thank God for the meal that is before me? I am sure you can relate.
It’s very easy to get down on myself when I forget to spend time nurturing my relationship with God. It’s certainly not that I don’t want to, but there are so many other, less important things, which distract me.
Thankfully, God continues to bring me back.
Jesus did the same for his disciples. He would teach them something or perform a miracle and they would look befuddled or rebuke him for saying such non-sensical things. Yet, Jesus was patient and willing to repeat himself over and again to help his disciples understand the message he was bringing to them.
32 “And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. And they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. And taking the twelve again, he began to tell them what was to happen to him,33 saying, ‘See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles. 34 And they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him. And after three days he will rise.’
35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came up to him and said to him, ‘Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.’ 36 And he said to them, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ 37 And they said to him, ‘Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.’ 38 Jesus said to them, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?’ 39 And they said to him, ‘We are able.’ And Jesus said to them, ‘The cup that I drink you will drink, and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized, 40 but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.’ 41 And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John. 42 And Jesus called them to him and said to them, ‘You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 43 But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant,[a] 44 and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’” – Mark 10:32 – 45
It was evident that the disciples considered Jesus their teacher because that is what they called him. Even though they got upset when their request wasn’t granted, they still desired to learn and respected who Jesus was. They followed him and listened when He told them to do something. He was patient with his students and told stories that helped better understand his message of love and forgiveness. In a time where the Pharisees closely followed the law and told others to do the same, I would imagine it would be challenging to hear something new and have the faith to believe it. But Jesus was a good teacher, building relationships and guiding them every step of the way.
It’s a comfort to know that Jesus is my teacher and does the same for me through His Word and conversations in prayer. Sometimes there are some tough life lessons along the way, but Jesus teaches me about love and grace that can only be given to us by God.