Jesus, Risk and Love
“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” Matthew 4:1
I loved watching all of my children compete in sports. Not all of them loved to compete but I loved to watch them in action. I remember telling them, “If you are going to make a mistake while playing in a game, risk making a big mistake because you were trying so hard to get it right.”
Everything Jesus did was done while running the risk of having His love proven wrong or weak. He took this risk on purpose and He took it as a human being not as a Divine being who didn’t have to face the tempations we face when we love.
Jesus entered the battle for the future of humanity as a man in whom the Father was living. He risked making earth shattering mistakes and I believe the risk was as real for Him as it is for us. Jesus did not get a pass on taking love’s risks. Jesus had to get every detail of love right so He could truthfully say “He who seen Me has seen the Father.”
When Jesus was living as a carpenter in a small Jewish town he was taking an enormous risk of not being able to be just a simple carpenter whose daily life was as boring and as daily as your life or mine. To love is to risk boredom.
When He was choosing His disciples he took the risk of associating Himself with men who could cast a really bad shadow on His reputation or even betray Him. To love is to risk the embarrassing errors of others.
When He died on the cross He took the risk of letting God orchestrate His suffering and pain. To love is to risk pain that is planned for us.
Jesus knew what God would do for HIm and in Him and he faced every risk with this one confidence. By faith in His Father’s love He faced the possibility of human failure on a scale that would never be able to be corrected.
Jesus not only survived the risk, He overcame the risk, redeemed us and rescued us! How is that for taking a big, loving risk and getting it perfectly right!
Without Jesus taking the risk to love us, we would not be inspired to take the risk to love as He loved. Go ahead, take the risk and love because Jesus abides in you!