Today's reading, Mark 15-16, contains both the most awful and the most wonderful parts of Jesus' life story. I get so mad at that mean Pilate guy I can't stand it. I wish he'd use his own brain for once. What kind of leader is he, anyway? All the mocking and torture Jesus goes through just makes me sick. This is God's son. I think about my own sons, and how I love them. The reality of what Jesus goes through for my salvation is unbelievable. My heart can't take anymore when Jesus calls out to His Father.
34 And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).
At the height of Jesus' suffering Jesus calls out to God, and God turns the story around. The next thing you know, we see God's glory. The "curtain of the temple was torn in two" and a by-stander witnessing it all came to believe (Mark 15:38-39)." Ahhh. That's better. And, bless that sweet Joseph of Arimathea who took care of Jesus' body. Now, he is what I call a leader. That's the kind of guy I want on my council any day (Mark 15:42-46).
Those women, the two Mary's, wow, did they get the surprise of eternity when they went to Jesus' tomb and found that He had risen, just like He said He would. Now, that's the best news of all! What a story!
A prayer for today-
Thank you for sending your Son, Jesus, to die for my sins. Thank you for the promise of eternal life we have through Him. I pray for strength today. Strengthen my faith and give me the courage to live out your will for me, even when it seems impossible. Fill me with the peace that comes from walking with You. Help me to learn from Jesus and remember that life with you is always a more beautiful and glorious story than I could ever write on my own.
In the name of Jesus Christ I pray,
Grace and peace,