I love this time of year when we begin to look ahead to the Passion Week when so much of the story of our redemption took place. I’ve always enjoyed going with Jesus to places. I like walking with him when he goes to feed the 5,000. Imagine standing beside him in the crowd when a lady touches the hem of his robe. I like holding his hand when he performs miracles, brings healing, and brings laughter and joy to lots of people.
Walking with him through Jerusalem during this special week is a whole different level. To be able to follow those footsteps in order to see and hear all that happened as Jesus met his destiny for the redemption of humanity – what a journey!
“Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again.” – Matthew 20:18-19 (KJV)
The Steps to Redemption
The steps Jesus took to provide our redemption are different types of steps to follow. They involved pain, betrayal, abuse, loneliness, and anguish like no other. Sometimes, I don’t like to follow Jesus along the path of loss or hard challenges, or to a difficult season of uncertainty. I would rather not walk that path through bad days or tough days. But there’s more to it than the comfort I’d prefer if I want to walk the journey He has for me and experience the joy of fulfilling my purpose in this life.
What I’m learning is that if there is no valley then there can be no mountain. If there is no cross, there is no crown.
My encouragement today is to go with him to Jerusalem. See. Feel. Hear. Sense. By embracing his journey, we will be able to embrace ours.
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