Jesus appears in the Scriptures on at least 2 levels. On one level, we see Jesus surrounded by disciples, and often times large crowds. On other occasions, Jesus is denoted by himself, alone.
As a think anybody would know and would agree, it is one thing to be alone by choice, and quite another to be isolated by rejection of others.
The cross is at least one situation where Jesus was not only alone but dejected. Certainly this must have been painful, more painful than the suffering of the cross. Some of us experience this even with our own friends; friends of whom we referred to as Fairweather. These individuals stick with us as long as things are going good but as soon as things are going bad, they scatter.
I would tend to think that we are something like that ourselves. In good times we proclaim that God is good. When things are too good we please feel we are forsaken. In times like that we are not so bold in our faith.
But here I’m not really concentrating on the effect of ourselves but yet when our friend to this day, Jesus. What does Jesus feel when we reject him? I’ll be at do we grieve the Holy Spirit continually? More than likely we do.
Our ego is adjusted such that persistently we want to do things our way, claiming individuality. We attest our way and our way alone is superb over others. To this we yield only with great strive. Somehow we have been raised to believe that the individuality of our own persons is of a greater attribute than to the characteristics of the people, the church as a whole. There comes a class between personalities in the church. The greater problem here is that the church as a whole is in fact the body of Christ. It seems more than impertinent to class against Christ’s body, yet we do. Consequently we see thousands of various sects in the United States where everyone feels they are in charge, that they are the leader yet for the large part we see Christians as a whole working alone.
Historically then we have Jesus alone is an individual and Jesus all alone in reference to his church. It seems without question that the church that is alone cannot
truly be a church for it is fragmented and generally without a head. The head being Christ himself. The remedy for this is unification. The mean reduced egos, humility, yielding of one’s pride, then submitting humbly to one another. Whereas I don’t believe this is going to happen, it still should be our goal. This coming together as the full total body of Christ should at least be part of the gospel as our proclamation. For the ultimate truth is that there really is no church without each other; there is no church without Jesus and Jesus is NOT there to do it alone.