Monday Musings: "Let us also go, so that we may die with Him." (John 11:16)
Will you die with Christ?
Not for Him, but with Him.
Not in defense of Him, but in conjunction with Him.
Not in support of Him, but side-by-side with Him.
Jesus will go to place we don’t like to be with people we’re not like to tell them things they won’t like. And He doesn’t ask you to cheer Him on or explain His mission or articulate the reasons why His cause his just.
He asks you come with Him.
For the disciples this meant journeying to a region where Jesus was a man marked for death. As the other disciples murmured amongst themselves, Thomas resigned himself to his fate and declared, “Let us also go, so that we may die with Him.”
While the others attempted to dissuade Jesus, Thomas prepared to follow Him. He recognized that Jesus could not be reasoned with, could not be talked down or turned away. The Son of God would do what He would do whether the disciples agreed with Him or not. He did ask for their support, for their defense, or their understanding.
He wanted their feet.
“Follow me,” said the Master.
“Let us die with him,” said Thomas. What more could a disciples expect or wish for than to share the same fate as their teacher?
God will do what He will do in our world. He will redeem who will redeem, condemn what He will condemn, and renew what He will renew. It is not the lot of His followers to try and dissuade or persuade, but to follow.
Attempts to try and redefine or reinterpret God’s Word to make it more palatable are not marks of a true disciple.
Neither is standing by the wayside and cheering.
Arguing against God's Word doesn't make the cut.
The willingness to follow unto death, however, is what Jesus expects from those who would follow in His footsteps. After all, the same footprints that lead to the bed of him who was sick and the crypt of him who was dead also lead to the cross of Him who was put to death.
And if He is to be crucified upon the cross of public opinion then let us die, too. Better to die in the place where Jesus has led to live in the place that He has left.