The scripture for today is Mark 10:32-34
They were on their way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way, and the disciples were astonished, while those who followed were afraid. Again, he took the Twelve aside and told them what was going to happen to him. "We are going up to Jerusalem," he said, "and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days later he will rise."
This is a season of preparation. We have been preparing our hearts and minds for what we know is about to come. Jesus is trying to prepare the disciples for what he has already accepted as his fate. As most of us often do, the disciples feared death. They were afraid to lose someone they loved, but Jesus knew the truth. He knew what terrible fate was ahead for him. He knew the pain and suffering he would have to endure, but he went willingly. He knew that death was not the end. He knew that he would be reunited with his Father in Heaven and that his death and resurrection would save all of God’s children from their sins. Jesus knew the Good News!
This is an unprecedented time in our world. We are surrounded by intense fear and panic. It’s in the news, it’s on social media, it’s in our workplace. We are constantly reminded of the threats that exist and it is easy to let fear rule our lives. No matter what our future has in store for us, we must always have faith. We must trust that God has a plan for us and live our lives according to his will.
Jesus finished his message to the disciples with the focus on the resurrection. He knew that death could not hold him down and that we would all be reunited with the Father and enjoy eternal life. Death is not the end; it is only the beginning!
Lord, fill my heart with peace. Help me trust in your plan and follow your will for my life. Amen
Prayer Concern – Those who aren’t prepared to lean on Jesus in a panicky time.