Once again Jesus stops along the way to Jerusalem to give a reality check to his disciples. Can you imagine the disbelief evident on the faces of his disciples? They have been walking with the Lord for three years and have watched him do unimaginable things.. they have watched him open blind eyes.. heard him call Lazarus back to life.. ate the multiplied fish and bread with the five thousand. In their wildest imaginations they have never dreamed of an ending to Jesus' ministry that involved floggings and crucifixions.
What is so impressive is how Jesus, knowing his fate to be one of beatings and crucifixion, set his face towards suffering. I think that he embraced this thought I shared a few days ago from Joni Eareckson Tada:
"Trials are not just assaults to be withstood. No, trials are opportunities to be seized!"Jesus inspires me as I read of him walking towards his suffering. He did not back down from pain. He saw his trials to be an opportunity to show the world that God is no stranger to pain. When he forgave those who were inflicting the pain of nails piercing his skin he was giving us each an example of amazing grace under trial. He was teaching us about how to persevere in trials. He was showing us how to glorify God in suffering.
You are worthy of my worship Lord Jesus. Help me to glorify you in my trials.