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Walking With Jesus

By Don Loftis | 08.12.15

It is difficult to fully comprehend all that Jesus experienced in going to the cross.  He was spat upon, slapped, mocked, scourged, blasphemed.  He heard the lies the witnesses told and watched His own disciples run away.  During the six hours on the cross He felt excruciating pain, observed the darkness of humanity, and bore the burden of sin for all mankind.

His response to all of this madness was two-fold.  First, He chose to honor the will of His Father rather than call 10,000 angels to set Him free.  Obedience with pain was far superior to rebellion with ease.  Secondly, Jesus looked at all of those gathered at the cross and sincerely said, “Father, forgive them; they do not know what they are doing.”  His heart of forgiveness in that hour reflected the entire purpose for His coming.

Reflecting on Jesus’ response, let me pose two questions.

What is our first wish for a new day?  Do we seek the will of God and the advancement of His kingdom (agenda), or do we long for pleasure, success, comfort, and acceptance? What is our first reaction, when we are mistreated?  Do we get angry and seek revenge, or do we offer forgiveness?

In their own hour of suffering, Peter reminded the disciples, “For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps” (I Pt. 2:21).  In remorsefully turning down an offer to visit the Holy Lands and see where Jesus had lived, a godly saint summed it up well, “It is not important to walk where Jesus walked, but it is crucial to walk as Jesus walked.”

 


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