Journey to the Cross
Monday, March 7
Andrew Huffman, RPC high school student and Confirmation Class of 2014
"For I tell you, this scripture must be fulfilled in me, 'And he was counted among the lawless'; and indeed what is written about me is being fulfilled." - Luke 22:37
When we lose someone we know there is a period of time when we look back on the life of that person and remember why they were so important to us and why we loved them. Lent is the equivalent of this time period for us as Christians. We take time to remember the life of our Savior Jesus Christ.
For me, the best way to get a sense of who Jesus was and what He meant to the world during his life is to put ourselves in the positions of the people around Him. Throughout His life, Jesus changed and saved the lives of countless people. For instance, Zacchaeus the tax collector, Saul the Pharisee, Lazarus the sick man, and so many others; but it is from the people who were closest to Jesus, his disciples, that we can most clearly see how important he was.
During the Last Supper Jesus tells his disciples that this would be his last meal, and that his death was in the near future. Shocked, the disciples protest, each in their own minds trying to comprehend how their teacher, their leader, the King of Kings, Jesus Christ can be dying. But Jesus speaks to them saying, "what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment," (Luke 22:37), this is Jesus' attempt to give the disciples assurance that He is meant to die and that it is God's will that he sacrifice himself for the forgiveness of sins. Still, the disciples are shaken.
It is in this scripture that it is easiest for me to see how much Jesus meant to those who knew him best. The disciples were so afraid to lose their mentor in faith, and I cannot help but empathize for them. I find myself picturing how I would react in their situation, and I'm amazed at how seemingly calm they were in spite of the fact that their best friend was about to give himself up to be killed in the most brutal and painful of manners. Continuing from the perspective of the disciples, it becomes easy to see Jesus' true character. Not only was he the Son of God and the King of Kings and the Prince of Peace, but he was a preacher, a teacher, and perhaps most importantly, he was a friend.
So, as the season of Lent progresses we must push ourselves to delve deeper into the life and death of our Lord and Savior and truly discover what Jesus Christ means to each and every one of us.
God, give us the strength so that we will each find it in ourselves to search for Jesus in our lives and to put every fiber of our beings into trying to be like Him. Amen