Journey to the Cross
Friday, March 18
Bonnie Peet, member of RPC since 1998
We are going to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will turn him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. - Matthew 20:18-19
Lately, whenever I go to the doctor, he always says, "We need more tests. But they are simple and will not be a problem." Not be a problem? Of course they are a problem! They are a problem because by the time I've driven home I have myself undergoing tests on something akin to a medieval rack. I admit it. I am a coward. I look for the easy way out.
Jesus did not look for the easy way out. He set His face toward Jerusalem, even though He knew He would undergo torture and horrors that we cannot even begin to imagine. Jesus was able to do this because He had total trust in God the Father. He was able to do this because He had a complete, true faith.
I think of this every year when we leave the Good Friday service. As much as I would like to have courage, trust, and a complete, true faith, I must confess that all too often my brain gets in the way.
Dear Lord, when we are faced with hard decisions or difficult times, please let us look to Jesus' example for courage, faith, and trust. Amen