Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Jesus' Perspective on His Death

Again and again, I am humbled by Jesus Christ. On page 37 it reads:

"The third and most important reason why he know he would die was because of his own deliberate choice. He was determined to fulfill what was written of the Messiah, however painful it would be. This was neither fatalism nor a martyr complex. It was quite simply that he believed Old Testament Scripture to be his Father's revelation and that he was totally resolved to do his Father's will and finish his Father's work. Besides, his suffering and death would not be purposeless. He had come "to seek and to save what was lost" (Lk 19:10). It was for the salvation of sinners that he would die, giving his life as ransom to set them free (Mk 10:45). So he set his face steadfastly to go to Jerusalem. Nothing would deter or deflect him. Hence the reiterated "must" when he spoke of his death. The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected. Everything that was written about him must be fulfilled."

Here is a man, granted he is the Son of God, but still a man made of flesh and blood, able to feel pain and suffering. This man, Jesus Christ knew his whole life that he was going to die a painful, horrid death. A death sentenced to him by the very people he was saving through his death. Although he knew his death would be painful, he was steadfast and could not be steered off course. Jesus loved us enough to say, "I will suffer for you; I will die for you." And this is the man that we put to death on a cross.

It amazes me the troubles I face and how quickly I am to say, "Sorry God...this seems to be a little too hard, You need to take these obstacles away from me." However, reading this passage I am humbled. I am humbled to see that as Jesus' suffering was not in vain, neither will mine be. Jesus was able to see "the light at the end of the tunnel" if you will. Yes, he knew his death would be painful and torturous. Yes, he knew that the people he was dying to save were the ones nailing him to the cross. However, he was able to see beyond that. He was able to see what happened after his death: his resurrection. The obstacles that God puts in front of us are similar in the sense that there is a purpose to all of our struggles. Somehow, even if we don't understand when we are amidst the turmoil, we are growing with and in God and Jesus Christ.

I just pray for myself and all of you that we are able to be humbled by Jesus' death on the cross. I pray we are able to look past the struggles and obstacles in our lives and see the purpose behind them.

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