February 25, 2021 To Be Human – Philippians 4:6-8

There is an old Chinese adage: A real man sheds blood but not tears. That implies if one cries to show that he is weak. So when we were young as a boy, we tried not to cry for any reasons. But when I grew older I learned from books saying that crying was a sign to release emotion and feeling and was beneficial for one’s health. And crying shows that we are humane and compassionate to others.

And someone said “I was taught that a man is a man because he can cry.” Emotion must have welled up in the eyes of Jesus as He compared His concern for Jerusalem to the care of a mother hen for her chicks.

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.” (Matthew 23:37). His disciples were often confused by what they saw or heard in His stories. His idea of strength was different. It happened again as they walked with Him from the temple. “Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings.” (Matthew 24:1)

Christ shows us that healthy people know when to cry and why. He cried because His Father cares and His Spirit groans for children who couldn’t yet see what breaks His heart._____________________________________________________________________

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