One of the things I love about Jesus is the way he was a witness to the entire human journey – not only the beauty and wonder of it, but also the sadness and heartache. Too often religion rushes in and tries to theologize away the painful and sometimes heart-wrenching experiences of life. Jesus did not spout of spiritual platitudes, brightside people’s tears, or offer long theological explanations to somehow make it all “okay.”
Jesus embraced life fully, and felt it all deeply. His message about life and living is different than anything else you hear. Jesus basically said that sometimes life is pure and unadulterated joy and peace, and other times it knocks you to your knees with pain that feels will be the end of you. But in the midst of life just as it is… all of it… every last hurt and joy of it… is the kingdom of God. You hurt, and if you have the courage to face it and press deeper through it, you touch something else there. It’s beautiful and feels like serenity. It doesn’t protect you from the pain of the human journey, but it’s like it travels with you as you go.