Journey to the Cross
Tuesday, February 23
Barbara Egan, member of RPC since 2014
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as ransom for many. - Mark 10:45
It is amazing to think about how many people heard the words of Jesus a couple of thousands of years ago. When Jesus was on earth it was so different in respect to how news was passed from one place to another. No phones, no computers, no Facebook, emails, or texting. None of these things were even imagined back then. Yet the news of his preaching the gospel and healing the sick did travel to many people across the land. Oh my, can you even imagine hearing about Jesus, how could you not want to meet him, talk to him, and get to know him?
The news brought many followers who loved Jesus and it also brought others who were afraid or jealous of him. As a result they hated him enough to have him crucified.
As I think about Jesus' life through this Lenten season, I am continually amazed at his humility to serve us and for his compassion of the sick. I always pray and hope for the healing of our 4-year-old granddaughter who has cerebral palsy, because she will be very challenged throughout her life. She is very special to us all and to Jesus, as well. I know he will be faithful in providing the strength she will need.
Christ's examples make me want to be better at showing his love through my daily actions and attitudes towards others. It is good to take this time to focus on both the sadness of the crucifixion and the happiness of the resurrection by trying to better understand the remarkable life Jesus lived, teaching us to serve, love, and care for others.
Dear Jesus, we love you and pray you will help guide us to become good representatives of Christ and his teachings. Help us to serve, with humility, and to love and care genuinely for others each day. Amen