He Just Kept Walking
Imagine having the power to change the world, literally change it. If you knew it would cost you every cent you earned would you still seize that power? What if the ability to end COVID-19, end war or evil in the world will cost you your life, would you still fight for the cause? We live our lives surrounded by our humanity, while our spirits are calling out for us to be the redeemed children of God. It’s never easy, in this life we will have trouble (John 16:33) but, Jesus is the absolute promise that overwhelms our hardships with His love if we only believe.
Jesus refused to give up. He was so in love with the thought of freeing and loving you that He chose to die so you may live. Jesus’ entire life was dedicated to you, imagine that, and His dedication didn’t start at Calvary but from the day He was born. Jesus chose to be poor that you may be rich, He studied for hours on end to fulfill a law that you would find impossible to live by. He delivered, healed, and ministered to the hopeless, diseased and dying, to the lost and broken so that you could find your story in theirs. He loved on the drunkards and prostitutes and with his bare hands touched lepers so that you could one day feel less unworthy of His love and freely receive it. Oh Glory, to the Lamb that was slain!
Wait, there’s more…
Jesus hid in bushes to evade assassins, was audaciously tempted by Satan after having no food or water, in the desert by the way, and His character was defamed by His own people. Jesus was betrayed by someone He loved dearly, sweated blood while praying in the Garden of Gethsemane as His disciples slept, to then be handed over to Roman soldiers and their sadistic tools of torture. Hours of mutilation later, after an unfair trial, He was delivered to the mob where He was spit on, mocked and forced to carry His own cross. Down the Via Dolorosa with blood covering every inch of His body dragging a heavy wooden beam to His death, Jesus had you in mind. With each bloodied footstep He pushed on, He persevered and in His heart, He whispered your name.
I know it’s ghastly and extremely hard to imagine someone would willingly suffer and die for you but, it happened just the same. This story has an epic ending with Christ rising from the dead and now seated at the right hand of the Father continuously making intercession for you (Romans 8:34). One would think a life of sacrifice and death on a cross would suffice but Jesus outdoes Himself in spending every second of His eternal existence standing in the gap for you. At this very moment the Son of God, Christ the Messiah is alive in you, blessing you with a life filled with the power to persevere in whatever He has called you to do. Will you answer the call? Let yesterday be the last day you walked without Jesus and let today be guided by His footprints.