428-SOn December 26 at 7:58am a young man was walking on the beach, a young mother was heading to the market, a tourist was taking pictures.  At 7:59am, they were desperately trying to keep their heads above a tidal wave in the Indonesian tsunami of 2004.  It’s been described as a freak of nature, an unexpected force, a blindsight to its victims. Metaphorically, a tidal wave is what we feel when something happens in life we didn’t see coming: an extramarital affair, an incurable disease, a job loss, a break up.  These circumstances come over us, and overwhelm us.  It was also in December, 2000 years ago, when Jesus, himself, took on a tidal wave of circumstance. When He chose to be born as a man, knowing his main mission would be overwhelming and painful too. Granted, this wasn’t unexpected, it was a phenomenon and it did cost a life. Jesus was an innocent man who let the tidal wave of humanity’s guilt befall him as he hung on the cross for us. And what He says to any victim of any tidal wave is, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) When there is a tidal wave in your life, draw close to Jesus. As a human, He knew what overwhelming tidal waves were like; as the Savior, He knows how to resurrect from them.

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