Have you ever wondered what kind of mind a firefighter has? Think about it. When everyone else is running from the fire, they are running to the fire. It must take a great deal of training and fortitude to go against what is normal and brave the fire in order to save a life.
Jesus came to the earth to show us that their is another way to live contrary to popular belief. The author of the book of Hebrews, which most scholars believe to be the apostle Paul, writes “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:1-3 NIV) Jesus left the glory of heaven to come to the gory of earth. Jesus ran to the mess. He didn’t run away from it. Beginning with His birth in a dark and dirty manger to His death on a blood stained cross, Jesus reached out to the broken places and bruised people. When everyone ran away from the hurting, Jesus ran to it with His healing.
The words that the author of Hebrews wrote to the first century church still ring true today as a charge to us. Calling us to not run from the mess but to it with the message of hope that is found in Jesus. To run to the broken and bruised places. And to run to the hurting people with His healing touch.
If you are reading this and you find yourself in a dark and dirty place, take heart in the truth that Jesus has not turned His back on you but has turned His face toward you. He is reaching out to your hurting with His healing. He is reaching out to your despair with His hope. He is reaching out to your fear with His love. He is reaching out to your brokenness with His wholeness. He can turn your trouble into triumph. He can turn your pain into joy. He can turn your mess into His message.