Some things are necessary even though you don’t enjoy them. No one enjoys going to the dentist or having a prostate exam, but it’s necessary. The same can be said for Jesus. He didn’t want to go to the cross, but he went willingly out his love for us. When you are going through tough times, look to the cross. It was a brutal experience but what came out of it is life changing.
“Then he began to teach them that it was necessary for the Son of Man to suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, be killed, and rise after three days.”
Jesus predicted it
We are getting close to Easter, and our thoughts will turn towards the crucifixion and resurrection of our savior. Did you know that Jesus predicted his death three times in the book of Mark before it happened? With each prediction, his description got more detailed. He knew what he came here to earth to accomplish, and he had to prepare his disciples for that day.
He did it willingly
There are over 300 prophecies about Jesus in the Old Testament. Many of them talk about his need to be a sacrifice to redeem us of our sins. The death and resurrection are central to our faith. He had to die to appease God’s wrath, and he did it willingly. If you read Mark 15 and the trial of Jesus before Herod and Pilate you get the picture he had to keep his mouth closed so it wouldn’t stop what was intended.
Created a new path
We look to the cross as a reminder of what Jesus did and from where we came. We remember the empty tomb because we are new creations in Him. As we get closer to Easter look to the cross and be filled with hope. We were dead in our sin until we received the gift of grace. Now our destiny is pointed towards heaven, and we will be with Christ for eternity.
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