Luke 13:31-34 “The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto him, Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee. And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected. Nevertheless I must walk to day, and to morrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!”
Luke 18:31-34 “Then he took unto him the twelve and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again.”
Luke 22:41-42 “And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”
John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
In the previous two posts of this mini-series, we honored three first-responders whose service caused them to pay the ultimate price on 9/11 – Police Office John Perry, Fire Chief Orio Palmer and EMT Yamel Merino. We also honored three Biblical heroes whose faithfulness caused them to surge forward into danger – David, Peter, and Paul. Their stories reflect bravery and courage, obedience and faithfulness.
As impressive as they were, there is One whose acts of bravery, courage, obedience, and faithfulness dwarf them all – Jesus Christ!
On the road to Jerusalem, He knew of the sacrificial acts that He would be forced to endure. On the way into Jerusalem, He knew the details of His future mocking and scourging. On the eve of His crucifixion, He knew the weightiness of His responsibility in bearing the sins of the world.
Yet, He moved forward anyways into the danger! He did so out of a profound and powerful love for you and me.
PLEASE PRAY FOR AMERICAN CHRISTIANS TO FULLY CONCEPTUALIZE THE AMAZING ACTS OF JESUS CHRIST. His love for us prompted service that ran towards danger!