Jesus got personal with the people. He spoke his heart. As the Son of God he was not invulnerable to concern and fear and being burdened down. Think about how Jesus taught. His eyes would fill with tears and emotion. He was not robotic. He taught with his heart and soul and expressed how heavy his heart was at this time. When Jesus was told by his followers that even devils were cast out in his name, he rejoiced with them and thanked the Father for the blessing the disciples received. However, he did have his times of sorrow. Here Jesus gives instructions that help us. Sometime in life we’ll face hours that are uncomprehend-able to us. Never say that what happens to other will not happen to you.
John 12: 27 Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. 28 Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.
Notice that Jesus didn’t say take this away. No matter how I feel and at what hour I find myself—light or dark—Jesus has been there. He knows how I feel. I don’t know how you feel about your circumstances right now, but I do know this: there is One who knows and who feels how you feel. None of us is free from dark hours of life. We fool ourselves if we think we won’t have them. We’ve had them before; we’ll have them again. Bright hours can turn dark with a phone call. There is a brighter hour for those who trust the Lord. Joy comes in the morning. Romans 8:28 says and we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Whatever hour is upon you, I beseech you to turn to God.
After Jesus entered Jerusalem for the last week of his life, the people didn’t know what he was facing. It would not be his fault. The people would soon yell crucify him. Sometimes we bring things on ourselves; other times life happens. We may ask God “why are you doing this to me?” Life is not all brightness. Darkness comes. That is just the way life is. It is not God’s fault. Jesus knew the suffering ahead for him. He had no hope of deliverance from the darkness to come. He endured it so we would have hope in our dark hours. He could have called for deliverance, but he didn’t because he knew our need. He became our “bringer-outer”, our “bringer-through-er” of the darkness.
What hour has come to you? Are you in the hour of temptation? The hour of sin? Have you given into the devil? His sunshine always proves to be false. Jesus bore the dark hours of sin so we could be delivered. He didn’t come off the cross. He won the victory. Are you in an hour of defeat? David was but came to realize his hope was in God. If we didn’t have a Savior in our hours of darkness and defeat, we’d have no victory, no hope. Do you feel like there is no use to go on? Jesus felt that when many walked away. He looked at his disciples and asked them will you also go away? Jesus knew life would turn its back on us at times. When it happens remember Jesus was a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief.
The cause is not what but who—you and I are the cause. It doesn’t matter what the affliction is in God’s eyes. Jesus bore the afflictions and by his stripes we are healed. We can be afflicted in spirit, mind, and body. When things drive us crazy, Jesus is our sanity. Our hour of need would be scary if Jesus had not gone through his hour. We can make it through because of Jesus.
Has the hour of impossibility come upon you? Do you feel like a mouse caught in a trap? We embrace life in the bright days, but in the darkness it may be hard to find a way out. Jesus faced the impossible hours. Our hours can get worse, but they will never be impossible with God. They never have been nor ever will be. Trust the One who came to this hour. He was in your hour before you got there. He’s waiting on you in the impossible hours to bring you through.
Have you ever been so troubled that you couldn’t think straight? Don’t worry. Trust Jesus. A few days later Jesus would tell his disciples in the Garden that his soul was exceedingly sorrowful even unto death. A Savior was that troubled for you and me. When things get heavy and our will to withstand gets weak, the Father is not weak. Jesus is not weak. Jesus said come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Jesus asked what shall I say. Are we to say “why is this come upon me?” “What’s the matter with God, with others?” When we want to lash out remember not to bite the hand that feeds us. God’s hand is outreached to bring us through. Jesus couldn’t ask the Father deliver him. He did it so we could ask for deliverance. For this cause Jesus came. There is divine purpose for every hour we come to. Never fear. Jesus is here.
The best advice I can give you is to do what Jesus did. Ask how you can glorify God. There is a purpose to everything and it gives us the opportunity to glorify God in our deliverance. Our prayer today should be “Father, deliver me from this hour but more importantly use me for your glory.” Let God do what he wills. Look for deliverance. Remember that every dark hour—with Jesus—is not as dark as it seems. Jesus is a lamp unto our feet, a light unto our path.