The worst in us is often educed by the worst in others. We tend to sin most when we’ve been sinned against. We all have a breaking point where we snap. The wick of our patience runs out and we explode. Maybe it’s toward a sibling. Maybe a roommate. Maybe your child. We’ve all done it and we’ve all had it happen to us.
But what about Jesus? Is there a point where he gives up on us? Where he loses his temper? Where he blows up or goes off in response to our continual waywardness?
The cross answers that question with an emphatic “NO!”
In his last hours, Jesus faced an absurd amount of pain, scorn, and rejection. He was flogged. His back was flayed. Streams of blood poured down his face as a crown of thorns pierced his head. He was spit on. He was mocked. People laughed at him and beat him. His friends left him. He was nailed to a piece of wood where he would hang until he couldn’t breathe anymore.
At any point Jesus could have asked his Father for thousands of angels to do his bidding (Matt. 26:53).
But rather than ask his Father for vengeance, he appealed for mercy.
“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).
Not, “Father, I’m sick of them.”
Not, “Father, destroy them.”
But, “Father, forgive them.”
The more you squeeze Jesus, the more he oozes love.
It’s been said that love is longsuffering. That it’s patient and kind. That is doesn’t seek its own or keep a record of wrongs. That love is not easily angered (1 Cor. 13:4-5).
Although we all fail to love perfectly like that, Jesus doesn’t. Jesus is the exact representation of his Heavenly Father (Heb. 1:3). The God who is love (1 John 4:8).
“The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, ‘The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness’” (Exodus 34:6).
Jesus is not done with you. He isn’t fed up. His fuse hasn’t blown.
Jesus won’t snap.
His love is infinitely patient; the cross proves that fact.
So let his kindness draw you home.