“Pastor, I just need a little break,” the college student told me. After two decades of going to church, she felt spiritually prepared to make church an occasional stop instead of a weekly habit. After all, she knew the stories, the lessons, and the big ideas of her sin and Jesus’ salvation.
Contrast that with the 91-year-old woman I visited the other day. When I stepped into Jeanette’s room at the nursing home, I saw the brightly colored Grace Moments book next to her bed, which she reads daily. Jeanette told me of her desire to get back to church and of her mission work to the nursing home staff (many of whom showed up for worship even before Jeanette was able to return!).
Jeanette reminds me of Jesus. At 12 years old, Jesus was in the temple, digging into the Word of God. At 30 years old, Jesus was at the temple, celebrating God’s love at the Passover feast. At 33, Jesus went to the temple to become the perfect Passover Lamb and take away our sins. In other words, Jesus never took a break. Instead, like Jeanette, he sought God each day. He felt the temptation that college student was facing yet did not give in to it. “We do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin” (Hebrews 4:15). Thank God for Jesus!