Luke 18:31 Taking the twelve disciples aside, Jesus said, “Listen, we’re going up to Jerusalem, where all the predictions of the prophets concerning the Son of Man will come true. (32) He will be handed over to the Romans, and he will be mocked, treated shamefully, and spit upon. (33) They will flog him with a whip and kill him, but on the third day he will rise again.” (34) But they didn’t understand any of this. The significance of His words was hidden from them, and they failed to grasp what he was talking about.
Think about this: Jesus knew what He was facing but did not turn around or try to escape it, all because He had a mission to complete. When I think about this, I see myself in the path of His mission for there was a time in my life when I was unsaved and He saved me. He commended His love toward me in that while I was yet unborn but destined to be born into sin and become a sinner, He had already died for me and made my salvation possible. He knowingly went through all that He went through for me!
He took all of the humiliation, the shame, the beatings, the death on the cross and did not try to run away from it. It was no accident that He died! He was not killed in an ambush! He could have called a legion of angels to come and save Him but He CHOSE to die for me! That is so awesome!!! And, not only did He do this for me, He did it for YOU!!!
I am overjoyed as I think about the greatness and goodness of God this morning. Just reflecting on this has stirred my faith and excited my emotions. Wow!!! I am blessed and highly favored. I pray that you are as well. And, If you are experiencing anything that is attempting to shade your day with sadness, gloom, darkness or depression, reflect on the great love of God that He has shown to you; rebuke that spirit of gloom and despair and rejoice in the love of God that is being poured out in your life today and for the rest of your life. He went to the cross so that you could have life and have it more abundantly. GRASP THIS! It is will make the difference in your life if it has not done so already!!!
"Without wise leadership, a nation falls; there is safety in having many advisers." (Proverbs 11:14 NLT)