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13th Day of Lent | Jesus Christ Superstar, pt. 3

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Even Jesus Christ Needs Someone to Take Care of Him Sometimes

In Jesus Christ Superstar (1973) there is a song called Everything’s Alright sung by Mary Magdalene to Jesus after he returns to where he and his followers are staying.

While this is something of an amalgamation of different stories in the Bible, there is a current, both in the movie and in the Gospels, that occasionally Jesus needed someone to take care of him. Jesus, at times, is portrayed as a mythical figure more akin to Hercules than a human being. We think of Jesus taking care of us, we think of Jesus as strong, immune, other-worldly.

But, I think that kind image of Jesus can make it that much harder for Christians. We have this standard of strength to live up too, but we are doomed to fail to meet it from the outset because there is no way we can be as strong as Christ. It only serves to discourage us when we try to attain the unattainable.

We may not ever be able to be as strong as Christ, but we can be as weak as him. Here, we have an example that depicts Jesus needing someone to take care of him. He is tired and needs care. As Mary Magdalene soothes him, he relaxes. Sometimes, we too need care. Having someone care for us is not a common experience after we are grown. Often we spend a lot of our time caring for everything and everyone else. It can make us feel guilty if we need to ask for help or accept care. But, when we stop and remember that Jesus needed care at times, that he needed others to take care of him sometimes, it is a relief. It is not a sign of failure as a Christian to be weak or need care, it is a way to follow Christ, it can be a conduit for grace.

but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me.

2 Corinthians 12:9

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