On the Road to Jerusalem
Scripture: Mark 8:31-38
“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.” (Mark 8:35)
During Spring Season, we remember Jesus’ death on the cross. He gave up His own life to save us from sin and death.
It’s not about bunnies and eggs!
In the meantime, in this season, it is also, a time of reflecting on the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, So, in the Resurrection of Christ, we think of the victory of Christ over death to be our victory (in Christ) over death. And this is the joy of the believer in Christ.
So, this season of reflection is a time for self-examination, confession, spiritual exercise, discipleship training, and refreshing our perspective on what it means to follow Christ today. It is a spiritually-challenging time; but in Christ, the believer can do all things.
Think of the Savior who went to Jerusalem to die for us. Jesus was betrayed and handed over to the religious leaders, who condemned Him to death. He was mocked, spit on, whipped, and crucified. He died and was buried. Then, after the third day, He rose again, victorious over death. And He did all of this for us so that we were forgiven and would receive eternal life in regeneration and conversion.
It was a hard path for Jesus, and it may be hard and fearful for us who follow Him. This month, imagine being a disciple following Jesus on the road to Jerusalem. What do you think will happen? What will it be like? In following Christ, we may face hardships and even be called upon to suffer in His Name, but He promises that it will end well; for His victory in the hardship of crucifixion; is the believer’s victory.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, guide me to trust in You, and give me courage to follow where You lead. Amen.