The Time Was Coming

While very young, Jesus must have been aware of the horrible death He must die. Imagine the shadow of that impending death in His thoughts all through the years of His life. Only His mighty love and perfect harmony with His Father’s will moved Him to go through with it. His disciples seemed to be without a clue as to what was going to take place. In His love for them, He began to prepare them. In Mark 10:32-34, we have one account of Him talking with them about what to expect: “And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid. And He took again the twelve, and began to tell them what things should happen unto Him, saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn Him to death, and shall deliver Him to the Gentiles: and they shall mock Him, and shall scourge Him, and shall spit upon Him, and shall kill Him: and the third day He shall rise again.” Fearful, but following, they moved toward Jerusalem. During that time, Jesus took the twelve and spelled out the pain, the mockery, the disrespect, and the killing that He must endure. They still didn’t appear to grasp what He told them. It was to be a time of distress and death, but not defeat! Hear the triumphant words of victory with which Jesus concluded this time with His disciples: “and the third day He shall rise again!” Why would Jesus go through this wicked treatment? Robert Harkness asked this same question in his hymn, “Why Should He Love Me So?” He wrote: “Love sent my Savior to die in my stead; why should He love me so? Meekly to Calvary’s cross He was led; why should He love me so? Nails pierced His hands and His feet for my sin; why should He love me so? He suffered sore my salvation to win; why should He love me so? O how He agonized there in my place; why should He love me so? Nothing withholding my sin to efface; why should He love me so?” Only His fathomless love, and His Father’s, could move Him to pay such a price in order to salvage the likes of us! Selah! Our response to that love is the most important decision we will ever make!   Ron

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