No matter how old you get, you are always a child to your parents. One of the toughest things to deal with as you age is having to become a parent to your parent. To help bathe your father as a caretaker and separate your emotions to instructing him on when to lift his feet or move his head so that you can shave him while remembering his tender care of you plays havoc on your mind and heart.
I know this because I have lived it.
In many ways, this is part of the life cycle–part that many of us refuse to address. When we were children, our parents treated us as children. When we are older, they still treat us as children! I think that they always see us as being in need of affection, correction, and the wisdom that only they can impart. Perhaps, that is why it is so difficult for them to accept that as life and health take a toll on their physical and mental well-being, we must now take on their role and provide those same attributes in turn to them.
It is even more difficult for us to admit that our parents will be physically parting from us before long. While we know the end results in our mind, it is difficult to accept in our hearts.
Perhaps, that is why when Christ is faced with this situation, he needed the comfort of this very emotional prayer to His Father.
John 17: 4&5- I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
Jesus has offered himself here on earth to His disciples in affection, for correction, and to provide us with the wisdom of His Father. He has accepted the path God set before Him and has finished all that He was to do. Now, He is asking God for His blessing as He begins the path that will separate them.
If we believe we find it difficult to deal with the changes in our lives from children, to parenthood, to the aging infirmity of becoming childlike again, imagine the angst of Jesus knowing that once He was entwined with God at the beginning of creation. Now, Jesus will have to separate himself.
When we stop and consider the true consequences of Jesus’ dying for our sins, we must never forget how much He gave for us. To suffocate, bleed, and be nailed to a cross would have been hard enough–but to become separated from God…THIS truly was our Lord’s His greatest sacrifice…