"They were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them; they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them what was to happen to Him, saying, 'See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn Him to death; then they will hand Him over to the Gentiles; they will mock Him, and spit upon Him, and flog Him, and kill Him; and after three days He will rise again" (Mark 10:32-34).
The cross before You with all its sufferings - to be betrayed, rejected, condemned, mocked, humiliated, tortured, and killed. Those closest to You were filled with fear, but You were filled with faith. Even with certain knowledge of all that was to come, You were pressing ahead, leading the way, determined to accomplish all that the Father had put in Your heart to do. "When the days drew near for Him to be taken up, He set His face to go to Jerusalem" (Luke 9:51).
Lord, give me courage to follow You even when I'm afraid. Give me a determined spirit to accomplish all You've put in my heart to do, no matter the cost. Fill my heart with faith to trust Your plan for my life. Your Word gives us certain knowledge that there will be times of suffering for those who choose to follow Christ, but also the promise of great joy to come as we rise with You. This is our inheritance as the children of God and followers of Christ. In You, we are "heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ - if, in fact, we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him" (Romans 8:17). In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
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