Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.—Psalm 63:1
In response to taking selfies, a comedian asked, “Do you know how alone you’ve got to be that you can’t find anybody to take a photo of yourself?”
Thank God, when he “pictured the world,” he wasn’t into selfies. Instead, he connected with the human beings he created. God became flesh and walked among us. He was able to connect with us through his Son Jesus Christ.
Every now and then, those who followed Jesus may have had a flash of insight as to why he did what he did, but they didn’t get it right most of the time. This included his inner circle of hand-picked followers, the great crowds that flocked to hear and be healed by him, and the groups of religious leaders that conspired to kill him.
How did Jesus deal with being misunderstood, misquoted, misrepresented, or mistreated? Who could Jesus confide in? Who could he trust? Who could listen to his deepest needs and longings? Who would be his equal? Who would lend him an ear when loneliness would descend upon his earthly life?
In spite of his superstar status, Jesus knew what it meant to be lonely. While constantly surrounded by people, he would often withdraw to a lonely place and pray. Why did Jesus do that? There was one relationship that gave him the strength to do what he was called to do. There was one relationship that gave him the love, grace, and truth he needed for the journey. There was one relationship that gave him the will to obey until the bitter end. It was Jesus’ relationship with his Father. His Father’s presence was sought in lonely places.
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