The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"A Question Never Asked"
Allow me to suggest a question we can be almost sure the disciples never asked the Lord Jesus Christ.
"Master, how do You feel today?"
Scripture does not record such an inquiry, and it is difficult to imagine Peter, John, or James approaching our Savior with the question. Indeed, His character, nature, and demeanor, while comprised of all human traits and characteristics, would surely have made the disciples hesitant to approach the subject of how their Lord felt.
This is not to suggest the Lord Jesus did not experience feeling. I believe Him to be the most emotional person who ever lived. The writer of Hebrews declares Him to have been "touched with the feeling of our infirmities" (Hebrews 4:15). Of course, His emotions completely aligned with His character, never leading Him to foolishness, inappropriate, or sinful actions. He felt nevertheless, with a depth we doubtless cannot know or even imagine. His joys reached heights, His sorrow plumbed depths, His anger burned with untold intensity, and His affections of love all transcend emotions unknown by any being who does not exist as both God and man. Indeed, consider that the Lord Jesus knew feelings of both Divine and human sensibility and measure in order to fulfill His Father's will and identify with us as our great High Priest. Then, join me as we fall to our knees in wonder and adoration.
This being said, asking one like the Lord Jesus how he felt would surely seem inappropriate when directed toward One whose character so clearly led Him to consider the glory of His Father and the needs of others. I am reminded of the farmer from long ago who was asked how he felt. The man smiled with bemusement, removed his sweat-stained hat, wiped his brow, and responded with a thoughtful sigh: "I'm sorry, I have not had time to think about that. I have fields to plow today, animals to be herded and fed, a fence to mend, and a tree to be cut down that threatens my barn." The farmer paused, placed his hat back on his head, and repeated, "No, I have not had time to think about how I feel."
Of the Lord Jesus, the Apostle John declared, "There are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen" (John 21:25). The Savior had no time nor inclination to concern Himself with how He felt. The disciples surely knew that, and would have considered no question more inappropriate to ask their Lord. I will allow you to draw your own conclusions as to what this means to each of us. For me, the aforementioned wonder and adoration leads me to once again descend to my knees. When I arise, I very much hope that "how I feel" will seem far less an issue in my own emphasis and considerations.
"For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed."
"And it came to pass, when the time was come that He should be received up, He stedfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem."
Weekly Memory Verse
To be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.