(ESV) Luke 4:42 “…And the people sought him and came to him, and would have kept him from leaving them, 43 but he said to them, ‘I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.’”
In American culture, keeping schedules can be both a must and incredible burden. The larger cities seem to run at a fast pace to make sure blown appointments rarely happen. Pressure is added if something interferes to cause a late arrival. It may be as simple as a poorly timed red traffic light on a highway that causes the great angst and produces an internal explosion of semi-nuclear proportions. And then there is the proverbial untimely phone call slowing down a quick get-away—what did we ever do without cellphone technologies?
If anything is learned and recognized about the humanity of Jesus, it’s that He too was under the constraints of a schedule! There came a time where He realized everyone’s needs could not be meant if the Good News was to advance. Here’s where His burden kicked in: “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.” The work of the Father was greater than any one person using this human container could do alone—even the Son of God. It must have broken His heart to see so many needs and experience the limitation of time and space in a body. As much as seeking the lost of humanity was His desire and passion, the humble human body prevented Him from helping as many as He would loved to have aided.
The meaning of sleeplessness, hunger, weariness was all at the fingertips of the divine. And though Jesus never relied upon His deity for these daily tasks of serving, it is a blessing to understand He could be touched with all the feelings of our infirmities—His resource was the same as mine; dependence on the Holy Spirit. As the awareness of Calvary drew closer, the scheduling of His mission excelled. Could it be He loved being a man because it was the best way to connect with men and their needs within a defined schedule?
Charles Spurgeon wrote, “Yet there is perhaps a more lovely thought still. Jesus Christ called himself the Son of Man, because he loved to be a man.” Jesus experienced firsthand what was necessary to stay on schedule. He knew He had about 3 years to complete His mission. From the start of His ministry He was aware of schedules and constraints like any man. And as such, He understands we cannot be in two places at once too. Do you think He was anxious or nervous about upcoming deadlines?—methinks not! So, how can I be a little more like Jesus when it comes to my schedule? How about believing that where I am is the place where the Father’s will is as I walk with Him. Anxiety seems to be my companion as prayer and supplication are estranged. Could it be there’s a direct correlation between the two? Schedules are a reality of life and best handle in the spirit of prayer in the Father’s will!
J. Robert Hanson