Love Under Pressure

By Liz Voboril
Podcast Episode

If you'd like to get an email each time we add an episode, sign up here. In this 3rd episode in our Lent series, we look at how Jesus loves under immense pressure.

“Jesus doesn’t say he’s troubled in spirit. John, who is just to his right, picks it up. If you are aware of someone—you love them, or you are just an astute observer of people—you can tell when they are anxious. I think this is one of three references that John has to Jesus' anxiety. And they are all surrounding the passion. What I love about it is that it normalizes anxiety. So much of our modern world either tries to escape anxiety or feels guilty about it. But Jesus was anxious."

“If you are a lover of people, and I mean that in the broadest sense of the biblical love, it’s going to lead you into tension."

"What I love about this whole scene [when Judas and the Jewish leaders arrive at Gethsemane], is that when you put it all together, Jesus is like Bruce Lee or Jason Bourne. Everything’s a weapon. He’s rebuking, loving, protecting, challenging, healing, commanding. He is the prince of peace. So this person that we saw all agitated is in complete command of himself. Even now he’s probably feeling anxiety, but he’s not trapped by his emotions. He is a vibrant lover of the people around him. And that’s what makes the passion so beautiful. The camera has moved to slow motion on Jesus life we can see incident after incident where Jesus is loving, rebuking, caring, comforting, lamenting. He’s showing us what it is to be a person."