John 12:27 “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour.
This is Jesus speaking to his followers after Palm Sunday, the beginning of that last week of his earthly life. He is portrayed as a man who sees the signs of rejection and death looming ahead and part of his humanity understands a desire to avoid it all. But, as we have followed the picture of Jesus during Lent, we have seen right from the beginning in the wilderness, his conviction to live out his destiny faithfully to the end as a display of God’s love. How many good ideas or deep convictions have you had late at night that didn’t seem quite the same in the light of day or when it came to actually act on them? Humans can be very lofty in thought but unable or unwilling to come through when action is required. Not so with Jesus. He was willing to do what was required even to the extent of laying down his life. He knew what he was about and saw it through to the end. What is your life about? What is the reason God has put you here in this time and place?