Studying fear during Holy Week is perfect.
I may not know answers yet, but this week, I know this: Jesus understands dread.
In fact, before His death, Jesus experienced hematidrosis, a rare medical condition in which a human sweats blood in reaction to severe stress.
I’ve never experienced emotional agony to the point of sweating blood. Does your anxiety even approach this level?
You and I may wonder whether crises will strike, but Jesus knew fully the torture He was about to endure. Sure, He was willing, but He wasn’t excited. His Spirit, (fully God,) was compliant… but His human flesh was weak.
The blood that bought our redemption began to flow even before Jesus’ arrest. Salvation’s plasma first dripped out under the crushing weight of holy dread.
Our Savior has felt our horror — worse than our horror. And that’s part of what saved us.
(And while I’m certain that most of my fear is rooted in sin and mistrust, it’s comforting to know that even perfect Jesus experienced a kind of sinless strain.)
Christ defied anxiety by walking voluntarily into His torture and death.
By entering into all He dreaded, He conquered all of our fears.
True, I’m not yet wise enough to fully understand how this works…
…why we really have no need to fear the perils of life on Earth when the perils still clearly exist.
(If you know, email me. I’m hungry to learn. And I’m writing this series as if I have a clue, when I don’t. If you noticed, this post procrastinates on answering the questions I laid out yesterday.)
But I’m comforted by this:
Jesus experienced fear, and then conquered it by submitting to God’s will, rather than bowing to his own anxiety.
There’s a lesson there for us, isn’t there?
Do we conquer fear by submitting to God’s will, rather than resigning to anxiety?
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