Today we are reading from Mark 9: 30-32:
30 They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; 31 for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.” 32 But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.
I wonder sometimes how hard it must have been for Jesus to walk the road that He was walking. We see here that when He went through towns, often He would have to keep a low profile. The people didn’t understand what He was doing and were looking for an earthly king. But even those closest to Him, the disciples, He told them what was to happen, but they didn’t understand either. No one understood what He was doing, no one understood His plan. Even when He laid it to them, they didn’t get it.
Yet He had a mission from His Father, to save the world from its sins. And He was faithful to that call and because of that, we can be forgiven, today.
But I don’t think we think often enough about how hard it was for Jesus. We think about the cross sure, and we think about the other “hard” things. But the day to day, it was hard. But He did. He did it faithfully. He overcame it all. He triumphed over it all.
Because He loved you, me, and all the world. He came to save us from our sins.
Let’s remember what He did, and let’s remember how hard it was for Him. And let’s not take it for granted. Let’s not forget, let’s not treat it too lightly. He did so much for us. May we remember. May we not take it lightly. And may what He endured for our sake call us to be more faithful.
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