Beyond Blue

Beyond Blue

Jesus Had Boundaries Too

Even Jesus had to erect some boundaries. In Matthew 14:13, he withdrew from the crowd in a boat. And do you really think he fled to the desert for 40 days to fast and pray? Don’t you think maybe that was his way of pulling down the blinds on the folks who wanted to nail him to the cross?

  • Kevin Keough

    Aside from doing ultra prayer and fasting to prepare to perform whoop arse on the Chief Bad Guy, I’ve concluded those 40 days served another purpose. It’s fair to assume Jesus was ‘touched’ much like artistic types who are acutely sensitive to interpersonal vibes and have rather unusual ideas. It is no coincidence that geniuses-artists tend toward loneliness.I believe that loneliness was an unrelenting and merciless burden for Jesus. I have enough sense to retreat to the woods to allow nature and solitude to soothe my soul especially when lonely. I believe Jesus enjoyed solitude.When people weren’t busy invading his space, making every manner of demand, he was denied the profound relief that comes with truly being heard and understood. His disciples simply weren’t equal to the task of offering genuine companionship. Hell, they couldn’t even pull off a simple albeit urgent request to at least stay awake in the Garden on Holy Thursday (apparently no mood disordered guys in the bunch who were troubled by insomnia).Yeah, I think Jesus needed a break from people as he prepared to deal with the profound loneliness he knew he’d endure for several years. I’m pretty sure the loneliness was way worse than doing battle with Lucifer—at least he wasn’t lonely when he toyed with Lucifer…….

  • Joe Rutland

    I really enjoyed this little blurb on your blog. I couldn’t help but laugh at the previous comment, too. I feel sad, as I write this, that a lot of people are in churches on this (or any) Sunday and listening to a man/woman/on-fire-for-Jesus teen tell them that JEEEE-ZUSSS was tired after dueling Satan. No one will ever think about Jesus possibly feeling lonely, sad or tired. Oh no, not that. Yet … if this God in flesh (as many call him) was truly God in flesh, then ya think he may have felt twinges of depression, too? Just flying that out from my dysthemia depression/generalized anxiety disorder soul. Grace and peace …

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