Can you imagine what Jesus may have been thinking at this time almost 2,000 years ago?
Knowing that in a few days He would be abandoned, betrayed and denied by those who He was closest to here.
That He would have to endure pain and punishment reserved for the most vile criminals of the day. That He would be mocked, laughed at and scorned by some of the same people that were praising Him just days before.
Taking in each minute, anticipating the weight of every sin, from every man and woman that would ever accept Him.
Knowing what He knew and still being able to get up in the morning.
Have you thought about that? The measure of courage, strength and love that it took for Him to keep moving forward. Knowing that each step was not taking Him anywhere but straight to the cross.
. . . I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. . . . — John 10:17-18 NIV
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us . . .
— 1 John 3:16 NIV
As we approach the coming Easter weekend, let us take some time to think about all this. Let’s remember our own part in His sacrifice. Then remember how His willful nature to endure through everything I have mentioned, was done in an unyielding, victorious love.
And since Good Friday happens to be sharing “Earth Day” this year, let us honor our Lord by revealing the true meaning of an “earth day.” Tell people what a great opportunity they have to really celebrate this “Earth Day” because it’s on the same day that its Creator: Jesus Christ gave Himself up for all His creation in hopes of saving them from righteous judgment and the gates of Hell. Let’s take the time to share with them the gift of Salvation and teaching them of its cost. Making sure that they know that it is available for everyone and anyone on this planet “Earth”.
Now that’s better than a “free cup of coffee.”