We are halfway though the semester, tests have hit us, papers to write, relationships are rocky, you've felt rejection and hurt, and today the only word you can use to describe yourself is tired.
Up until Luke 9, the disciples have been walking with Jesus, and as they have, it's been good. Besides a few confrontations they don't see much backlash. Jesus has been going from town to town, healing, feeding and helping people, and the disciples get to watch all of these miracles happen first hand.
But in Luke 9, Jesus asks a question: "Who do you say that I am?" and they answer, "We think you are the Christ." He says, "That's right," now let me unpack what that means. And Jesus goes on to tell them that the Christ is going to Jerusalem, and there I'm going to face rejection, I'm going to face suffering, and I'm going to face death. Then He adds, and if you are going to walk with me, you'll face rejection, suffering, and even death.
Their reaction: "Oh man."
Peter, in Matthew's recounting of this event, even tells Jesus, "Never, Lord," saying I don't want a story of the Christ like that. I don't want suffering and rejection.
And from starting strong, they begin to get discouraged.
Then Jesus says we are going up a mountain, and when they get to the top they are exhausted.
So in this moment they are discouraged and exhausted. They are just all around tired. And I think that is where a lot of us are in life right now.
What do you need from God, when your are tired?
When you are trying to fight sin, but it keeps winning.
When you face rejection and hurt.
When you've been going through this semester and you have just been taking hit, after hit, after hit.
But what does Jesus do?
"And as He was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white. And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem." (Luke 9:29-31)
Jesus, when his disciples are completely tired, shows them Himself. But not just Himself, the full glory of Himself.
When we are tired and beaten down, full of stress, rejection, and anxiety. What we need more than anything is to look to Jesus. Look to Jesus in His full glory, capable of doing anything, but also worthy to be tired for.
When we get to see Him shining, face to face, we will know that every bit of discouragement, exhaustion and all around tiredness will be worth it.
Jesus says, "If you are tired, and are struggling, let me give you what you need the most, Me."
Jesus, you are shining, you are glorious, and we are tired. Open our eyes so we may be fully awake to see your glory.
But know, He never tells us that we get to avoid the rejection, suffering and death. But we have Him, and that is enough to push through.
How do we press on when we are tired? We look at the one who we are in a relationship with. Who's glory gives us the strength and energy to press home.
"I esteem the Gospels to be thoroughly genuine, for there shines from them the reflected slender of a sublimity proceeding from the person of Jesus Christ of so Divine a kind as only the Divine could ever have manifested on earth." -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
*Photo taken by myself in Amarillo, Texas. (2016)