“And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:31-32
this season of Lent, we are reminded of Christ’s passion and death on the Cross for the salvation of the world. though He is God, He assumed human form for this purpose. He had felt every emotion such as joy and sadness, anger and mercy. He felt hunger, pain, cold and heat. Jesus even felt extreme agony to sweat blood in the garden of Gethsemane. He was also subject to temptation just like us. but Jesus found favor with our Father because He followed His will to fulfill the Word. thus He overcame all weaknesses attached to our human nature.
fame, fortune and power allow us humans to see ourselves as gods. at the top, everything to satisfy physical desires and cravings are just at our fingertips. our nature looks beyond limited possibilities to what we thought we are capable to do. we are blinded by a false sense of security and a twisted view of happiness. only when we fall, do we open our eyes and find the true form of our humanity. and most of the times, we need to fall really, really hard to realize that we are not gods. we are human beings.
it is during these moments that we suddenly discover the folly of our ways. we realize that if we only focused at the top as the only end to our journey, we would see that the top is really a sad place to be. it is where everyone else looks up to with intense want to be in that place. but it is a place for just a few where discipline, perseverance, endurance and restraint are necessary to stay. otherwise, one false move and way down deep is the only direction to go. and as it is always said, the higher we have reached, the harder our fall .
Tiger Woods is no different. he is one of the richest, most famous and greatest athletes of our time. his accomplishments as a golfer raised him to even more spectacular heights. last year however, on Thanksgiving night, the spectacle ended because “of irresponsible and selfish behavior”. Tiger, afterall, is only human.
if Tiger, whose life seemed too perfect, can make mistakes, so can we. but the good news is, God is always ready to forgive. although sometimes we don’t understand why we do the things we would rather not, God knows why. He can read our minds and see what is in our hearts. and though He never condones bad behavior, He makes a way to turn our life around even if that means letting us fall. because when we are down on our knees, that is when we get closest to Him.
For God the Father so loved us, He sacrificed His only begotten Son. He has the compassion and mercy enough to forgive our sins when we are deeply sorry. let us not then be judges to others. for the measure in which we judge others, will be the same measure that will be used to judge us.