This is the week when we remember all that Jesus came to earth to fulfill the Promises of God.
Last Sunday was Palm Sunday, the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem, and many who were there welcomed Jesus as if he was a conquering King. “… The crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” (Matthew 21:9)
As amazing as this scene is, it’s equally horrifying that by Friday when Pilate asks the question, “What should I do with this Jesus?”… these same people will be screaming, “Let him be crucified!”
And when he asked, “Why? What evil has he done?” They shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified!” (Matthew 27:22-23)
As I dwell on this moment in time, I am reminded that Jesus chose to walk to the cross. In fact, two times in the book of Luke, we see the phrase “he (Jesus) set his face to go to Jerusalem.”
Our Savior, knowing full-well what agony awaited him in Jerusalem, chose to walk into the pain. That choice is what sets us free. His willingness to absorb the full wrath of God in our place allows for there to be peace between God and us.
We are called by Christ to follow Jesus as our example in this life. At DSS, that often means we are knowingly walking into the pain and agony of our student’s experiences.
We’re afforded this opportunity because you sacrificially stand with us, partnering in this critical mission.
As we walk through these unprecedented times, may we do so as our Savior did — with faith and courage. We’re holding on to hope, and trusting the Father will provide and protect us. We know that the God who was with Jesus on the cross is the same One who is present with us today. And we believe it’s because Jesus chose to walk to the cross and endure the pain that we now have eternal life.
Father, we’re in troubled and scary times. Thanks for the reminder that we can have hope in You. Help us create a celebration of Your sacrifice this Sunday that no amount of social distancing can dampen. And keep us happy and healthy, trusting Your provision throughout this pandemic. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Happy Resurrection Day!