A Man in the Crowd
By Kathryn Taylor

“Where is Jesus? I want to see
This man that comes from Galilee!
Get out of the way! Give me a chance!
I want to see… If only a glance.”
The crowd was cheering as He came-
In a glimpse I saw there was no shame-
I was in great pain… He didn’t know-
He was much too busy… And I, too slow-
Palm leaves were swaying in the air-
“Hosanna!” was shouted from everywhere-
If only I could catch His eye,
Maybe He’d stop to hear my cry-
This was His big moment of glory-
He didn’t have time to hear my story-
He probably didn’t care, anyway,
And wouldn’t even know what to say-
He’s the Messiah, the King of Kings,
But, He doesn’t know about painful things-
So much for the sliver of hope that I had…
Nobody cares… This life’s too sad-

A few days later, again He came…
“Maybe I’m wrong,” I thought, ashamed-
Swiftly I ran towards destiny,
The one for Him, and the one for me…

“Get out of the way! Give me a chance!
I want to see, if only a glance.”
The crowd was shouting as He came-
In a glimpse I saw Him filled with shame-
He was in more pain than I’d ever know-
His burden caused Him to travel slow-
There was a dark oppression in the air-
“Crucify Him!” was shouted from everywhere-
as He passed by, He caught my eye-
How I wished He wasn’t about to die…
He saw my face, all full of worry-
And said, “It’s OK, ‘cause I know your story-
I care for you, yes, in every way,
And upon this cross for you I’ll pay-
I’m the Messiah, the King of Kings,
By this deed to a world I’ll bring,
Hope to the hopeless, joy to the sad,
And salvation for you in a world gone mad.”

Just like this man, we all bear blame,
And do those things that bring us shame-
God has a plan for our destiny,
And it comes through Jesus from Galilee…

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Have you ever felt that way? That God doesn’t see your pain, that God doesn’t care? I have caught myself feeling this way many times. It is a very dangerous place to be. False beliefs and ungodly actions will always follow. It’s that way with our angry children, as well. They believe things that are not true, “they deserve the abuse they suffered”, “they are unlovable”, “they would be happy if only they could get away from you”… They believe the lies and follow it out through their behaviors. 
Today, we do not have the ability to walk up to Jesus and have Him stop and tell us exactly what we need to hear. That comes from prayerful quiet time with Him and the reading of God’s word. It is harder than ever, in this day and age, to keep our eyes on God and our salvation. There are so many distractions and misguidance to our life problems, that we can forget the still small voice of God. Like Jesus, carrying our cross may be the hardest thing we’ll ever do. But, like Jesus, the only way through it is with constant prayer and closeness to our Heavenly Father. Don’t forget, He walked it alone. His friends left him, the church was against him, the public cried out for His death. But, we don’t have to do it alone. He is there for us, to go through our cross-bearing with us. He is there, even if it doesn’t feel like it at times. Don’t fall for the lies of the world. We CAN do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Seek Him with all your heart, soul, and mind. You shall find Him…

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