It is very easy for us to forget that Jesus the Man dealt with the same issues that each of us do, celebrating the joys of life as well as the pain and suffering that often find us in a world with so much evil abounding. But also being God, and therefore being perfect even though He was for thirty-three years a mortal man, albeit it with special powers and understanding, He was able to maintain the courage and strength despite His fears to go through with His mission from God. And in so doing in just forty-eight hours, He would provide the opportunity for all of us to share Eternity with Him.
So as he rested, pondered, gathered with His close friends and followers on His last truly day of rest in this world, He made final spiritual and physical preparations for the ordeal to come and He did so all in love and grace. Take some time today to ponder what it would feel like to be in His shoes on this day. Could you handle the pressure? No. Could you follow through if you thought there was a way to avoid the pain? No. Would you feel ashamed if you didn't live up to what your father expected of you? Probably, but it likely wouldn't stop you from avoiding the event.
But don't be ashamed, for God knows that we mortal humans are weak, yet He still wants us to live our lives as Jesus did on earth. And when we falter, Jesus is the One who forgives us if we believe and put our trust in Him. And the Holy Spirit, residing inside you, will lead you to Him. So be of good cheer, mortals, for Jesus provides the love and the grace to overcome our fears and strengthen us. And that's what His life was all about.
We'll continue with the Days of Holy Week tomorrow with the dawning of Maundy Thursday as Jesus bids adieu to His Disciples and then awaits His arrest in the Garden. Holy Week, or as some might call it Passion Week, the days that truly changed the world forever, will continue.