Thursday, March 22
Jesus was in agony as he prepared to face death. Although Jesus cried out to God, asking to be delivered, he was prepared to suffer humiliation, separation from his Father and death, in order to do God’s will.
At times we undergo trials in our own lives. We need to let Jesus’ obedience sustain and encourage us in times of trial. We can face anything, knowing that Jesus Christ is with us.
Jesus’ human life was not a script that he passively followed, it was a life he chose freely. It was a continuous process of making the will of God, the Father, his own. Jesus chose to obey, even though obedience led to suffering and death. Because Jesus obeyed perfectly, even under great trial, he can help us follow him no matter how difficult our trials become at times.
By sharing our experiences of suffering, Christ shared our human experience completely. He is now able to offer eternal salvation to those who follow him.
Thanks be to God ~
-Submitted by Jan Geren
We may find the words submission and obedience to have unfortunate connotations of power. A word preferred and coined by Roman Catholic scholar and mystic Henri Nouwen is surrender. How have you learned surrender through suffering? How would you describe the distinction between needless pain and redemptive pain?